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Marine life latches on to plastic adrift at sea.

A 52-year-old man is swimming through the Pacific Garbage Patch. He’s caught disgusting trash, including a toothbrush and a toilet seat.

Ben Lecomte swam across the Atlantic from Massachusetts to France in 1998. This summer, he's swimming through a vortex of trash in the Pacific.
Garbage carried by the Pacific Ocean — mostly plastic — piles up on the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia, June 21, 2019.

Scientists have created magnetic coils thinner than a human hair that could break down plastic in the ocean

There are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean. A new type of experimental nanotech could help break down microplastics.
Fionn Ferreira won the 2019 Google Science Fair.

An 18-year-old has found a way to use ‘magnetic liquid’ invented by NASA to remove harmful microplastics from water

At age 18, Fionn Ferreira developed a method for removing harmful plastic particles using a liquid invented by NASA.
Plastic bags are often treated as trash, but they can also be melted down into fuel.

Cities could one day power homes and fuel cars with plastic, a giant step toward solving the pollution crisis

Companies are considering a way to cut back on emissions by converting plastic into fuel or electricity.

25 cheap and easy replacements for plastic in your home and kitchen

If you're trying to cut down on how much plastic you use, there are plenty of replacements out there that won't cost you more money or convenience.
Boyan Slat on the day of the first system's launch.

The massive plastic-cleaning device in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch probably won’t hurt sea creatures — but there’s still a big p...

Environmentalists predicted that the tool would endanger marine life, but The Ocean Cleanup found that animals have been ignoring the device.
Fish swim near a plastic fork and a bottle at the Samandag Cevlik Akcay diving site off the coast of Samandag, Turkey on December 6, 2018.

More plastic pollution is swirling in the deep ocean than in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It’s even showing up in the intestines of sea crea...

An exploration of the sea floor in Monterey Bay revealed that the highest amount of microplastics accumulates 2,000 feet below the surface.

A deer in Japan’s famous Nara Park died with 3.2kg of plastic in its stomach

The veterinarian in charge of the autopsy said that it was "unusual to see such a large amount" of garbage in the stomach of the deer.