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According to the United Nations, combating plastic pollution is one of the key environmental challenges of our generation. 

Plastics cause harm to marine life. They can be mistaken for food, or become entangled around animals, often with fatal results. 

Toxins leaking from plastics also spread pollution around the ocean. Microscopic particle pieces are consumed by plankton, which are eaten by fish, and then larger fish, until apex predators like sharks and dolphins start showing a significant amount of plastic in their systems. 

 

Toxins leaking from plastics also spread pollution around the ocean.

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This process is known as bioaccumulation. And it affects humans too, when they consume fish and other seafood.

Unfortunately, our economies and daily habits are heavily reliant on plastic. Packaging, of food, clothing, appliances and a range of other items, are usually made out of plastic. 

To reduce your own use of these items, think of the single-use plastics you use most often and if you could find an alternative that is reusable. This could involve everything from reusable coffee cups, shopping bags, juice and smoothie cups, straws, bags, and takeaway containers. 

 

Think of the single-use plastics you use most often and if you could find an alternative that is reusable.

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You can learn more about plastic pollution by trying your hand at our quiz. We’ve included ten important facts to get you all clued up about the current state of plastic pollution.

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