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Trash Talk: Plastics

2 minutes 19 seconds

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Why is plastic marine debris so common? A recent study from the University of Georgia estimates that 8 million metric tons of plastic trash enters the ocean every year. The 5 most common items found during the International Coastal Cleanup are plastic cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic beverage bottles, plastic bottle caps, and plastic straws. Notice anything in common with those things? It's a lot of single-use, disposable plastic. Part of the "Trash Talk" series.

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Runtime: 2 minutes 19 seconds

Very close up view of microplastics. Caption: Microplastics that as less than five millimeters long--
Trash Talk
Episode 1
2 minutes 8 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Artwork of a bird and fish. Caption: animals often mistake plastic debris for food and eat it.
Trash Talk
Episode 2
1 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Artwork of plastic water bottle, trash bags, straws, and plastic bag. Caption: We find plastic everywhere,
Trash Talk
Episode 3
2 minutes 19 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Five people picking up trash. Caption: and participate in shoreline cleanups.
Trash Talk
Episode 4
1 minutes 58 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A net floating in water tangled in plastic. Caption: We call that derelict fishing gear,
Trash Talk
Episode 5
2 minutes 6 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
An illustration of a trash bin with its side on the road on a rainy day. Caption: rainwater can move the trash into storm drains.
Trash Talk
Episode 6
2 minutes 2 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12