By now, most of us have got the message that the overabundance of plastic in our world is seriously harming it and its wildlife. However, while some are finding creative alternatives to plastic and uses for what plastic already exists, there is still much more of it lying around than we know what to do with.
And although we've been encouraged to recycle for years, The Atlantic reported that a real crisis with existing recycling programs throughout the most industrialized nations of the world is underway.
Namely, that there is more plastic and mixed paper waste out there than anyone can actually use, meaning there's not much of a market for these materials to be recycled.
And as we're about to see, this issue has far-reaching implications across the world.