More than 8 million of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic produced every year — half of which is estimated to be for single use — are dumped in the world’s oceans … This debris can sicken seabirds and marine life that ingest it, potentially harming the health of people who consume affected animals.

Several years ago, journalist Craig Leeson, director of “A Plastic Ocean,” was filming whales underwater in what he considered a pristine part of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Sri Lanka when he discovered discarded plastic bottles on the ocean floor. Thus began a four-year documentary film project, for which he … traveled … around the globe to document the effects of plastic on marine ecosystems.

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