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Image credits

Hydration Bottles
Photo by: Flickr user Rubbermaid Products

Sandbox and Beach Toys
Photo by: Black Market

Photo by: Montgomery Cty Division of Solid Waste Services

Plastics Cups
Photo by: Montgomery Cty Division of Solid Waste Services

Plastic Bottle
Photo by: Flickr User PUMP AID

Chinese Plastic Toys
Photo by: Wikimedia user Fotokannan

Playground slide
Flickr user ttarasiuk

Recycled Water Bottles
Steven Depolo

Sea with Garbage Dump
Photo by: Adam Jones

Albatross Plastic
Chris Jordan / USFWS Headquarters

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