By Ryan Highland
Over the past 100 years, plastic has been integrated into our daily lives to the point it’s inescapable. It can be found in all products we use from morning to night—from the soaps we use to wash our face to the pillows we sleep on. However, the properties that make plastics so popular are the same that lead to serious consequences for humans and the environment, mainly the inability for plastic to biodegrade. According to the BBC, 9.1 billion US tons of non-recycled plastic has been produced to date with 79 percent (5.5 billion US tons) accumulating in the landfills and natural environment. By 2050, 13.2 billion US tons of plastic waste will litter Earth if our current behavior does not change.