woman picking up plastic trash washed up on beach

Plastics have long been hailed as a miracle of modern invention. They are lightweight, durable and affordable, making them very popular in manufacturing. These attributes, however, are also part of the problem when it comes to plastics. When simply tossed into the trash these plastics can have an immense lifespan and become hard to collect because of their physical properties. No place is a better example of the hazards posed by plastics than the area