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Real-world problems call for real-world solutions.
More than 40% of plastic is used
just once, then tossed.
Some 700 species of marine animals have been reported—so far—to have eaten or become entangled in plastic.
Scientists have found microplastics in 114 aquatic species, and more than half of those end up on our dinner plates.