Recycled and upcycled plastic bottle designs are among Inhabitat’s favorite featured topics, but have you ever wondered what happens to the billions of plastic bottles that don’t make it to the recycling bin? Emma Bryce and animator Sharon Colman explain what happens to plastic thrown away in this short TED-Ed video that traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles. Watch the clip to learn why proper plastics disposal is so important and how negligence to do so can pose serious threats to the environment and human health.

+ What really happens to the plastic you throw away


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