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What impact does plastic have on the environment?

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According to Environmental Health News, plastic has left harmful footprints on the environment and possibly human health. Plastic waste is one of the most long lasting changes to the surface of the Earth.

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According to Before It's News, most plastic products are not biodegradable and will most likely end up in a landfill or floating around Earth's surface. Plastic products take hundreds of years to decompose, and as it does, it releases toxins into the soil and bodies of water. This year alone, almost one trillion plastic bags have been produced, and production increases at an average of nine percent every year. With the increase in production, the amount of pollution also increases along with the amount of plastics piling up in landfills where it takes hundreds of years to decompose.

The pollution of plastics also affects nearly one hundred thousand animals per year, mainly sea turtles. The sea turtles mistake floating plastic bags as jellyfish and end up choking on the bags. Birds are also common victims of plastic bag pollution as they eat the bags, they become stuck in their throats. In addition, animals are also affected by the toxins from plastic being released into the environment as it decomposes.

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