Danger to Animals
Ocean plastic fills our oceans. It kills many animals each year. Nearly 700 species have been affected by it.
Sea turtles gulp down plastic bags. They think the plastic is a jellyfish. Microplastics, or tiny plastic pieces, harm animals, too. Birds can die after eating this plastic.
A sea turtle gets ready to bite a plastic cup.
Hyenas find plastic in a landfill in Ethiopia, a country in Africa.
Looking for the Source
We make a lot of plastic. But we don’t have a good plan for plastic trash. Ted Siegler has an answer. He’s studied this topic for more than 25 years.
Siegler says we need to design more recyclable plastics. We also need to build better systems to get rid of trash.
A crab holds a cotton swab it found on a beach.