by Ohio Sea Grant

Your pop and water bottles. The straw in your drink. The bags at the end of the checkout line. Plastic is everywhere. It’s a common and convenient part of our everyday lives. But the very properties that make plastics useful – durability and versatility – also make them a concern.

“Plastics never disappear. They just get smaller and smaller until we can no longer see them,” said Ohio Sea Grant Extension Educator Jill Bartolotta.

“It’s still just as harmful, or even more harmful, for wildlife and humans because when it gets to those small pieces, that’s when we start ingesting it through food, air or water.

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