Pacific Ocean Is A Plastic Dump



Plastic is overtaking the Earth and its legacy will last forever.

Scientists are already alarmed over the amount of plastic in the Pacific Ocean. There is an area the size of two continental United States of plastic debris in the Pacific. The Hawaiian islands are situated in the middle of it. It is expected to double in size in the next 10 years.

One oceanographer says that the plastic dump contains 2.5 percent of all plastic items made since 1950.

The plastic is photodegrading meaning it is breaking down into smaller pieces with time and birds and sea life eat it thinking it is food. Many marine animals die from ingesting plastic every year.

Recycling plastic is one way to help reduce the amount of plastic tossed into the environment. Another way is to stop using plastic shopping bags. Many countries and cities are now banning plastic bags in favor of reusable bags. High fines are also being used to deter the use of plastic in favor of more earth friendly materials.

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Author: Marilyn Pokorney
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