The trash you can see is just a tiny fraction of the plastic litter all around you — and likely inside of you

 Photo taken by Chris Joyce, NPR

Photo taken by Chris Joyce, NPR

 

They’re soil and compost, in oceans and lakes, in drinking water and beer, in fish and shellfish — bits of plastic tinier than one of these letters. They’re making their way into the food chain, turning a huge area in the Pacific into “a soup of confetti,” and transforming chemically as they break down in ways we don’t yet fully grasp.

"This happens all the time," says one researcher Continue reading.