Plastic is one of the most common materials in our daily lives. We drink from plastic cups, wear clothing made of plastic fibers and buy products sealed in plastic packaging. We’re surrounded by these petrochemical-based polymers, but we don’t yet fully understand them. Especially when it comes to questions about how plastic trash affects the ocean environment — and our own health.
In January, Monterey Bay Aquarium and the California Latino Legislative Caucus hosted a Capitol briefing on the impacts of plastic pollution on the state’s ocean and waterways. Addressing an audience of legislative staff, state officials and conservationists, the expert panel presented eye-opening facts about the science and policy behind the problem.
Dr. Roland Geyer, associate professor of industrial ecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has investigated just how much plastic is flowing to the sea…
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