Plastic pollution is everywhere. It’s in our oceans, lakes and tap water. There are massive gyres of plastic floating in the ocean, such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Once plastic is polluted or in landfills, it does not decompose like some other materials and can exist for over 1,000 years. Plastics photodegrade, meaning they break down into smaller parts — micro-plastics that are ubiquitous water pollutants. A recent report has estimated that by 2050 there could be more plastics in the ocean than fish. We can’t clean up something that is an ongoing and exponentially increasing problem so the problem must be tackled at its source. Students are already starting to lead the way with plastic free campaigns to cut out single-use plastics in their school.
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