The Problem The world has produced an estimated amount of over 6,950,000,000 tons of plastic since the 1950s, out of which approximately “9% of which had been recycled, 12% was incinerated, and 79% was accumulated in landfills or the natural environment.” 1 According to the NYTimes, the United States alone produces over 300 million tons of plastic annually, with various countries around the world adding to this vast number. Several million tons of non-degradable plastics arrive in the ocean each year, polluting it at a rapid rate and having an adverse effect on the aquatic life that interacts with it. Beaches are also harmed by this plastic pollution, as a result of the plastic making its way back to the shore, making it harmful to human life as well. Several organizations around the world organize beach cleanups in their area in an attempt to mitigate the issue of plastics pollution and trash in general that make their way onto beaches, but they are not able to make an impact on a large enough scale. “This Young Man is Revolutionizing the Way We Clean Beaches Around the World” […]

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