Jessica A. Knoblauch

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Environmental toll of plastics

Plastic manufacturing in the first ten years of this century eclipsed the total produced in the entire last century: Now we're producing – and discarding – almost 360 million tons a year.

From cell phones to bicycle helmets to IV bags, plastic has molded society in ways that make life easier and safer. But the synthetic material also has left harmful imprints on the environment and perhaps human health.

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