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A few large facilities make plastic, dispersed through converters and suppliers, which ultimately ends up in the hands of consumers. Tens of production sites feed hundreds of converters supplying thousands of stores shopped by millions of consumers. Virtually everyone in a modern society touches plastic almost every minute of every day. We now recognize that our use patterns create environmental plastic in designed use, like rolling tires over roadways or washing clothes, and in unintended use, like escape of plastic trash from the waste system. Providing solutions is an area of increasing research focus.