Briefing Book

Plastic Pollution



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Julia Meltzer
Zero Waste Coordinator



Plastic pollution is infiltrating waterways worldwide, accumulating as toxic debris in marine life, and ultimately harming the humans who consume seafood. Single-use plastics, such as bottles, straws, and utensils, are the most pervasive plastic pollutants and slowly break down into smaller particles that stay in the environment. Recycling alone is not enough to meet these threats as plastic is predominantly made from fossil fuels and production is expected to increase by more than 30% over the next decade. This briefing book contains a fact sheet, policy options, and messaging.


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