The many lifetimes of plastics

Read the full story from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Many of us have seen informational posters at parks or aquariums specifying how long plastics bags, bottles, and other products last in the environment. They’re a good reminder to not litter, but where does the information on the lifetime expectancy of plastic goods come from and how reliable is it?

Associated journal article: Collin P. Ward, Christopher M. Reddy. “Opinion: We need better data about the environmental persistence of plastic goods.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2020; 202008009 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2008009117

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