Plastics: the marvellous material of the last 50 years that has revolutionised packaging, disposable products and now 3D printing. Of course part of this appeal is plastic provides an affordable, durable and easily manipulated material. However, this durability has long been recognised as an environmental issue: most plastics do not degrade rapidly. Walk along any beach, forest trail or path and you will no doubt see something made of plastic. Well new research suggests the problem is even worse. The vast oceans, long seen as a bottomless pit for the disposal of human waste now contain so much plastic that by 2050 almost every species of seabird will be ingesting plastic waste. Plastic ingestion leads to disruption in feeding, internal injuries and death, which is never good for an individual animal. Especially if that individual is part of an endangered species.