CBS News reported this week that a dead whale was found with 13 pounds of plastic waste in its stomach. The rotting carcass, found in Indonesia, had four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, 115 plastic cups, a nylon sack and two flip-flops, and  more than 1,000 other assorted pieces of plastic.

Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinating minister of maritime affairs, said the whale’s discovery should raise public awareness worldwide about the need to reduce plastic use.

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