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Special Report: A Plastic Tide

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The world now produces 299 million tons of plastics a year, most of which ends up in the oceans
  • A hard-hitting documentary from Sky News, “A Plastic Tide," showcases the urgent problem of plastic pollution and what some activists are doing about it
  • Volunteers in Mumbai, India, and other places are cleaning up the plastic pollution on beaches
  • Marine animals die from eating plastic, which they can mistake for food or become entangled in
  • CT scans reveal plastic in the tissues of mussels found in Belgium

The catastrophe of plastic pollution is growing worse. Single-use plastic bottles and bags, food packaging, fishing nets and biosolids are turning the world's oceans, seas and beaches into tragic wastelands. Microplastics from artificial clothing fibers and microbeads in personal care products add to the devastation.

Plastic is everywhere. Bottled water, grocery bags, shower curtains, garbage can liners and kitchen utensils are just a few of the ways plastic has made its way into every aspect of our daily lives. Our throwaway mentality, bred and fed by the mass production of plastics, has created a pollution problem that now threatens the very future of humanity.


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