In the past year, 14 of the deer in Japan's famous Nara Park have died. Nine of those deer appear to have been killed by eating plastic. Volunteers are working together to try to end the problem.
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David Katz was upset by all the plastic going into the oceans. To help solve the problem, he had an unusual idea - to treat plastic like money. Mr. Katz calls his idea the "Plastic Bank".
Last week, almost every country in the world except the United States signed a new agreement to control plastic waste. The new agreement should help track plastic waste and make sure more of it actually gets recycled.
Since the 1970s, people in many countries have been taught to recycle. Now, many places are cutting recycling programs, and often items that are sent off for recycling are never recycled at all.
Today the Flipflopi, a sailing boat made from plastic trash, is set to end a two-week trip along the African coast. The trip is meant to call attention to the dangers of single-use plastic.
In September, a group called Ocean Cleanup towed a huge floating screen out to sea. The screen was meant to clean up plastic pollution. Now the device is broken and being towed to Hawaii.
As people become more aware of the problems caused by plastic pollution, governments and businesses are focusing more and more on ways to reduce "single-use" plastics.
In 2015, two inventors had an unusual idea - what if you recycled plastic, and turned it into a road? The world's first plastic bike path is now testing their idea.
A group called The Ocean Cleanup is pulling a huge floating screen out to sea. They hope the device will collect plastic trash in the ocean, making the plastic easy to remove.
Last Friday a pilot whale died in Thailand after swallowing over 80 plastic bags. Workers had been trying to save it for days, but it was not able to survive.