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UDaily: Amount of plastic in marine environment may be greater than previously thought

UDaily: Amount of plastic in marine environment may be greater than previously thought

Plastics are all around us. They are found in containers and packing materials, children’s toys, medical devices and electronics.

Unfortunately, plastics are also found in the ocean.

2015 paper published in Science estimates that anywhere from 4.8 million to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic were dumped into the ocean in 2010 alone. One metric ton equals approximately 2,200 pounds.