Plastic pollution causes significant harm to wildlife, especially seabirds. In 1960, plastic was found in the stomachs of fewer than 5% of birds, but by 1980 that number had jumped to 80%, and it’s estimated that today it’s to up to 90%. Plastic found inside birds includes bags, bottle caps, synthetic fibers from clothing, and “microplastics”–plastic that has been broken down by the sun and waves over time. Maine Audubon supports policies that reduce plastic prevalence and that keep the plastic that we do need out of our natural environment.
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