The world produces 300 million tons of plastic each year but currently only 15% is recycled. 12 million tons finds its way to the oceans where it destroys marine life and changes the ecology. Birds eat plastic debris which gives them a feeling of fullness so they don't look for food and starve to death; plastic has also been found in fish. More needs to be done to reduce the production of plastic which is toxic to all living things. Although many conscientious consumers do their bit to dispose of plastic responsibly, not enough is done by plastic producers to find a safe, suitable alternative.
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