Today, plastic plays a major role in the consumer economy, making products ranging from clothing items, to car parts, to cooking utensils, to toys. One of the major advantages of plastic is that it lasts for many years. Some forms of plastic, such as plastic bags, disintegrate in 10 years, while others, such as plastic bottles, can take hundreds of years to decompose on their own. Since the inception of this invention, it is estimated that more than 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced. To put that number in perspective, 8.3 billion tons equates to 8,200,000x the weight of the Eiffel Tower. It is also estimated that roughly 79% of that plastic, or 6.3 billion tons, remain in the environment as pollution. This poses major risks to the earth’s environment and the many organisms that inhabit it. Plastic has begun to accumulate in the ocean, posing a large risk to marine life and coastal towns and cities. In fact, the United Nations has warned that marine life currently faces “irreparable damage” from the plastic waste polluting the earth’s oceans. Given the lengthy lifespan of plastic, it is clear that this problem is not going away.