Plastic is found in virtually everything these days. Your food and hygiene products are packaged in it. Your car, phone and computer are made from it. And you might even chew on it daily in the form of gum.
While most plastics are touted as recyclable, the reality is that they’re "downcycled." A plastic milk carton can never be recycled into another carton - it can be made into a lower-quality item like plastic lumber, which can’t be recycled.
(The Great Pacific Garbage Patch = has sometimes been described as a “trash island” but that’s a misconception, instead, it’s like a galaxy of garbage, populated by millions of smaller trash islands that may be hidden underwater or spread out over many miles. People still don’t know exactly how big the garbage patch is, despite the oft-cited claim that it’s as big as Texas).