Plastics have made our lives easier and are important to keeping many materials cheap, flexible, durable, and transparent. However, there’s a dark side to plastics: how do we properly dispose of them to avoid the plastic pollution that is taking over the oceans around the world and poses a risk to public health? This fun infographic, courtesy of gradschools.com, sheds light on how long it takes to break down various plastics by comparing it to the lifespans of different animals.

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Lifespan of Plastics vs Animals

Irma Wallace

Co-founder and Vice President of SearchRank, responsible for many of the day to day operations of the company. She is also founder of The Arizona Builders' Zone, a construction / home improvement portal. Follow +Irma Wallace on Google + as well as Twitter.

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