Plastic is wonderful material. It can fit almost any need. But we design durable plastic to be “thrown away!.A lot of it ends up as plastic soup in our oceans, riding the seas for decades in ever widening ocean gyres, systems of rotating currents that hold whatever drifts into ithem.
The mass of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been estimated at around 100 million tons. Seabirds, whales and dolphins, sea turtle species, and fish species have been found with plastic in their bodies. Many die. And the problem is growing, literally.