July 18, 2018
THE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF PLASTIC POLLUTION
By SUP Magazine
Words by Rebecca Parsons
Photo courtesy of Costa
Paddlers know plastic is bad for the ocean. But far fewer know exactly what makes it so destructive.
Plastic was invented in 1907 and while it was once considered the greatest invention of the human race, it has quickly become one of our greatest problems. Plastic is derived from petroleum, a liquid mixture of hydrocarbons that is extremely difficult to break down. In general, plastics take anywhere from 450-1000 years to decompose, meaning that every single piece of plastic ever created is still in existence today.
Just take a moment to think about that.
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