PEW TRUST: 9 Startling Facts About Plastics in the Ocean

9 Startling Facts About Plastics in the Ocean       

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9 Startling Facts About Plastics in the Ocean

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Up to 13 million tons of plastic waste enters the ocean each year, threatening marine ecosystems and the people who depend on them. Global awareness about plastic pollution has grown tremendously in the last decade as nongovernmental organizations and scientists have better documented the environmental and economic impacts of this material on our marine environment. From grocery bags to car parts, plastic is used in many aspects of our everyday lives, but how much do you really know about it?

  1. In which of the following products are plastics commonly found?
    1. Clothes
    2. Health and beauty products
    3. Cellphones
    4. All of the above
  2. How long does it take for plastic to decompose?
    1. 100 years
    2. 200 years
    3. 300 years
    4. More than 400 years
  3. True or false: Plastics can fully biodegrade once in the ocean.
    1. True
    2. False
  4. A garbage truck’s worth of plastic is dumped into the ocean every ____.
    1. Second
    2. Minute
    3. Hour
    4. Day
  5. By what year is it estimated that the weight of plastic in the ocean will exceed the weight of all the fish in the ocean?
    1. 2030
    2. 2050
    3. 2070
    4. 2100
  6. Factories worldwide had produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic by 2017, but only ____ percent was recycled.
    1. 9
    2. 17
    3. 22
    4. 30
  7. True or false: As of 2015, 79 percent of plastic waste had accumulated in landfills and the natural environment.
    1. True
    2. False
  8. In the next 20 years, global plastic production is expected to:
    1. Be cut in half
    2. Stay the same
    3. Double
    4. Triple
  9. Which of the following can be used as an alternative to single-use plastics?
    1. Reusable bags
    2. Stainless-steel mugs and water bottles
    3. Metal straws
    4. All of the above    ANSWERS: 1.) all of the above 2.) 400 3.)false 4.) minute 5.) 2050 6.) 9 7.) true 8.) double 9.) all of the above

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