Kazi Albab Hussain, a PhD student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was studying silver nanoparticles released by certain types of plastic food packaging when he noticed another confetti-like substance under the microscope: tiny plastic bits.

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The more we learn, the more we seem to find that plastic is just entirely a bad idea. Yet, it’s almost entirely unavoidable in modern life. Sure, we can switch some of what we buy to paper, cardboard, glass, and metal. However, addressing this problem fully takes much more than that.