Drowned in plastic? Biodegradable materials could be a lifesaver.

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It’s official: in March, the United Nations Environment Assembly endorsed a global plastic lifecycle pact. There has been declared a seismic shift in the fight against marine pollution, but what will happen to the oceans before these potential positive effects manifest?

The coasts and seas of Japan are flooded with plastic waste. According to a 2020 study by Statista, more PET bottles, plastic cups and take-out containers have been found on beaches nationwide than any other litter except cigarette butts. And that’s not likely to change anytime soon: Japan continues to produce 9.4 million tonnes of plastic waste a year according to the Environmental Investigation Agency, a London-based non-governmental organization.

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