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Why plastics are also a climate issue



Plastic pollution is the environmental issue Americans care most about. According to a recent poll, plastic in the oceans has overtaken climate change as the environmental issue of greatest concern. Unfortunately, the poll didn’t ask people whether they knew that plastic is also a climate issue.

We can’t tackle one successfully without tackling the other, as many reasons for and solutions to the growing plastic and climate problems are the same. Here’s why:

Oil, natural gas or coal are to plastic what eggs are to a souffle: the main ingredient.

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