Unlike our beautiful oceans, the facts on plastic aren't very pretty. Our waterways are threatened by something of our own creation.

 
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We’ve produced more plastic

in the past ten years than during the whole of the last century.

 
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4 trillion plastic bags

are used worldwide annually. Only 1% of plastic bags are returned for recycling.

 
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18 billion pounds

of plastic waste flows into the oceans every year from coastal regions.

 
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Nearly 75% of beach litter is plastic

This includes filters from cigarette butts, bottles, bottle caps, food wrappers, grocery bags, and takeout containers. Mostly, it is plastic film from packaging.

 
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Plastic sticks around

for anywhere from 450 years to forever.

 
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More than 5 trillion pieces

of plastic are floating in our oceans today.