# Sailing Around The Plastic Pollution Issue

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### How many years does it take for a plastic water bottle to degrade?

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No less than 50 years

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No less than 1,000 years

• C.

No less than 450 years

• D.

Nearly 10,000 years

C. No less than 450 years
Explanation
Plastic water bottles take no less than 450 years to degrade. This means that it can take even longer for them to completely break down and decompose in the environment. The long degradation time of plastic bottles is due to the fact that they are made from a type of plastic called polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is not easily broken down by natural processes. This highlights the significant environmental impact of plastic waste and the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling plastic bottles to minimize their long-term effects on the planet.

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### How many seabirds are thought to die each year as a result of plastic pollution?

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Fortunately seabirds are hearty creatures and have the ability to digest and pass most plastics so the number is negligible.

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At least 1-million

• C.

Over 20-million

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Between 20,000 and 30,000

B. At least 1-million
Explanation
Seabirds are not able to digest and pass most plastics, so the number of seabirds dying each year as a result of plastic pollution is not negligible. The correct answer states that at least 1 million seabirds are thought to die each year due to plastic pollution.

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### How many plastic water bottles do Americans throw away every year?

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35 billion

• B.

Somewhere between 10 and 25 million

• C.

19

• D.

1-billion

A. 35 billion
Explanation
Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles every year. This staggering number highlights the significant environmental impact of single-use plastic waste. The excessive consumption and disposal of plastic bottles contribute to pollution, landfill overcrowding, and harm to wildlife. To mitigate this issue, it is crucial to promote recycling, encourage the use of reusable water bottles, and advocate for sustainable alternatives to plastic packaging.

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### The infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean is:

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Twice the size of Texas

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Half the size of Rhode Island

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The size of Delaware

• D.

The size of Lake Erie

A. Twice the size of Texas
Explanation
The correct answer is "Twice the size of Texas." This means that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an enormous area in the Pacific Ocean that is twice as large as the state of Texas. It indicates the vast extent of the garbage patch, highlighting the severity of the pollution problem in our oceans.

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### Which country is the worst offender when it comes to plastic pollution?

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The United States

• B.

India

• C.

Brazil

• D.

China

D. China
Explanation
China is considered the worst offender when it comes to plastic pollution due to several reasons. Firstly, China is the world's largest producer and consumer of plastic, resulting in a significant amount of plastic waste. Secondly, a large portion of China's plastic waste is not properly managed or recycled, leading to it being improperly disposed of in landfills or ending up in waterways. Additionally, China's rapid industrialization and urbanization have contributed to increased plastic consumption and waste generation. These factors combined make China the country with the highest plastic pollution levels.

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