Kathy used to write marine and environmental stories at Kontinentalist. She was history-trained but does other things now instead, like running an ecotourism shark conservation business, The Dorsal Effect. When free, she enjoys being in the ocean, trying to spot some sharks or just home cuddling with her cavvie, Danea.
When, and why did humans start using plastic?
What are plastics made of?
What are plastics used in?
How is the use of plastic impacting our oceans and marine life?
Is plastic pollution an Asian problem?
What goes around, comes around—how plastics ingestion by marine animals possibly affect human health
What's next? Bans, alternatives and new problems
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Kathy Xu / Writer
Illustration / Amanda Teo