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Plastic garbage lying on the beach in Greece. The move would impose a complete ban on some single-use plastics across the European Union and a reduction on others, aiming to implement most measures by the mid-2020s. Milos Bicanski/Getty Images hide caption

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Microplastics are not just showing up on beaches like this one in the Canary Islands — a very small study shows that they are in human waste in many parts of the world. Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A nearly 2,000-foot-long tube is towed offshore from San Francisco Bay on Saturday. It's a giant garbage collector and the brainchild of 24-year-old Boyan Slat, who aims to remove 90 percent of ocean plastic by 2040. The Ocean Cleanup hide caption

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The Ocean Cleanup

As awareness grows about the environmental toll of single-use plastics, retailers and regulators alike are finding ways to decrease their use. And straws have become a prime target. Barbara Woike/AP hide caption

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Last Straw For Plastic Straws? Cities, Restaurants Move To Toss These Sippers

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A prep cook at a San Francisco restaurant drops fish skin into a food scrap recycling container. Turning food waste into fertilizer is popular in parts of Europe and is catching on in the U.S. But tiny plastics are also making their way into that fertilizer — and into the food chain. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Another Place Plastics Are Turning Up: Organic Fertilizer From Food Waste

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Oysters, shown out of their shell, collect tiny plastic particles while in the water. These microplastics can eventually make their way into your dinner. Ken Christensen/KCTS Television hide caption

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The larvae of Galleria mellonella, commonly known as a wax worm, is able to biodegrade plastic bags. Wayne Boo/USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab hide caption

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The Lowly Wax Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic

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A fisherman collects water on a beach littered with trash at an ecological reserve south of Manila in 2013. Francis R. Malasig/EPA/Landov hide caption

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8 Million Tons Of Plastic Clutter Our Seas

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"A lot of people are eating seafood all the time, and fish are eating plastic all the time, so I think that's a problem," says a marine toxicologist. iStockphoto hide caption

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PlastiPure helps manufacturers create water bottles and other plastic products that have no estrogenic activity. PlastiPure hide caption

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BPA-Free Plastics Going On Trial In Texas

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