p Humans are just the worst, at least as far as the wellbeing of the Earth is concerned.

We’ve done plenty of horrible things to this planet, but perhaps our worst misstep was inventing plastic.

That water bottle you drank from this morning will outlive you, along with all the other plastic crap you’ve ever thrown away, and if it’s not properly recycled it just kind of lingers on in dumps, landfills, or, if it’s lucky (I guess?)

this once pristine tropical island in the South Pacific.

Henderson Island, a small dot of dry land surrounded by long stretches of water in ever direction, is covered in plastic garbage.

At just over three miles wide, it’s so small that it’s uninhabited, but it still bares the signs of humanity’s remarkable trash-making prowess.

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