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Plastic always finds a way.

We removed this plastic ring from around the skink's neck in the middle of a forest in Madagascar, 1h walking distance to the nearest human settlement.

I don't think most people realise the extent of #PlasticPollution across the globe.
Over the past years I've been to a handful of places without any system of garbage disposal. There you literally 'take the trash outside'.

This is a common sight in Mutsamudu, #Comoros. All of it is plastic, whether single-use bags or microwave parts.
These places have so many underlying issues that lead to this kind of pollution: a dependency on (packaged) goods for survival, a complete lack of infrastructure that forbids efficient garbage disposal, governments who don't act...
And a only very recent introduction to plastic packaging! When you have spent centuries using biodegradable plant-based packaging (banana leaves!) that you can simply throw into the ocean, the behavior change takes much MUCH longer to catch up with the change in materials.
It's a global issue with many underlying reasons.

And yes, you can do your part by cutting out single-use plastics and products that contain microplastics. Recycle and re-use. Clean up a beach now and then.
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