Marine debris (most often plastic waste) plagues the world’s oceans and waterways. It's estimated that 3.5 million pieces of new plastic enter the world's oceans daily. Ingested by birds or marine life, or swept into gyres far asea, water borne plastic poses a serious threat to wildlife as most plastics do not biodegrade. Animals consuming this debris not only suffer infection and death, but may also further contaminate the food chain. Cleaning up marine debris is not as easy as it sounds; the Great Pacific Garbage Patch collects marine debris from North America and Asia, but is so far away from any country’s coastline that no nation will take responsibility or commit funding to clean it up.