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Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:23:13 AM
Coral found to be eating plastic waste in the ocean

A lot of small plastic comes from big plastic. What happens is large plastic objects enter the ocean and get exposed to UV and they get brittle and degrade into many small pieces. So it's great that they're stopping this stuff that you literally pour down the sink from entering the marine environment but a lot of the small plastic just comes from big bits of plastic too."

He called for plastic manufacturers to have greater stewardship of their product for the whole of its life.

"Plastics are going to be around forever. They're such a useful product. We just have to ensure that we do recycle them... There's no silver bullet for this. It's just about everyone doing their bit everywhere and obviously the creators of these products have a large role to play."

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