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The Plastic Pipeline

The Wilson Center's China Environment Forum and Serious Games Initiatives are currently developing an educational digital game, The Plastic Pipeline, which will raise public awareness on the plastic product lifecycle and policies as well as consumer actions to slow plastic leakage into the ocean. Partially funded by the National Geographic Society, this project will address the mounting issue of plastics and target diverse audiences around the globe and extend to related projects on waste management, disposal, and recycling in Asia.




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People protesting against unsustainable fast fashion in London

How Plastic Pollution is Being Woven into Fast Fashion Culture

The words “plastic pollution” evoke images of discarded plastic bottles and bags, derelict fishing gear, and crushed cigarette butts set on a beautiful beach or floating underwater. In this imagery, the ebb and flow of plastic pollution is visible to the naked eye. But the plastic we can see is only part of the problem. What we do not see so easily are the microscopic, hair-like plastic fibers that are coursing through the water and air, accumulating on beaches, in intertidal zones, and even in Arctic sea ice. These are synthetic microfibers: thin pieces of plastic, a sub-category of microplastics, that resemble a strand of hair.


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