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Earth911 Quiz #48: Ocean Plastics Solutions

Plastic pollution in our oceans is a serious challenge to our food supply, animal and human health, and the environment in general. With multiple gyres of trash that are hundreds of miles wide floating in the world’s seas, plastic threatens to outweigh fish by 2050. Have you followed some of the great work going on to capture ocean plastics or head off plastic pollution before it reaches our planet’s water?

 

Earth911 Quiz #48: Ocean Plastics Solutions

Plastic pollution in our oceans is a serious challenge to our food supply, animal and human health, and the environment in general. With multiple gyres of trash that are hundreds of miles wide floating in the world’s seas, plastic threatens to outweigh fish by 2050. Have you followed some of the great work going on to capture ocean plastics or head off plastic pollution before it reaches our planet’s water?


Every week, Earth911.com challenges you with quizzes that test your sustainability savvy and help you make environmentally friendly choices when you shop, use products, and dispose of unwanted items.

Have U.S. plastic bottle recycling rates increased or decreased?

The rate of recycling in the United States has been hit hard by China’s decision to ban contaminated (dirty and poorly sorted) recyclable materials. Did U.S. plastic bottle recycling increase or decrease between 2016 and now?

What percentage of PET plastic bottles was recycled in 2017?

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles are one of the largest sources of post-consumer plastic pollution. How much did PET bottle recycling increase or decrease during 2017?

Why is it important to capture plastic waste before it reaches the ocean?

A growing number of ocean plastic recovery programs help remove plastic pollution, but why does industry want to capture the material before it reaches salt water?

How many rivers produce more than 90 percent of ocean plastic pollution?

Ocean plastic typically begins its life as river-borne pollution. How many rivers contribute 88 to 95 percent of ocean-plastic pollution, according to the journal Environmental Science?

Which organization recently launched a Great Pacific Garbage Patch clean-up?

Among a variety of organizations working to eliminate ocean plastic waste worldwide, one recently launched a new system to surround and capture plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Which international effort is pioneering the Pacific cleanup?

Making smart sustainable choices requires practice. Earth911’s weekly sustainability quiz helps you hone your ability to recognize earth-friendly products and services. Through your daily choices — from transportation mode to purchases to waste disposal — you can make a positive difference.

This quiz was originally published on February 7, 2019.

 

 

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