Things we have learned about tackling plastic ocean waste

Sea turtle sunning on rock with plastic in mouthDesigning a plastic product with its end-of-life in mind could have a big impact, reports The Guardian.

“So many issues are caused downstream from not considering this point in a product’s life cycle,” said Jenna Jambeck, an assistant professor of environmental engineering in the University of Georgia College of Engineering.

Jambeck was lead author of a report released earlier this year that estimated between 4.7 million and 12.7 million tons of plastic made its way into the world’s oceans in 2010, with a best estimate of 8 million tons.

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