Plastic Garbage- Thomas by Brande Jones published on 2018-05-17T17:39:00Z 111 years ago Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite which used no natural molecules to make plastic that was durable, but not very biodegradable. This has changed the course of our environment, especially in oceans. Plastic now has gathered into an area three times the size of France, slowing down the water cycle and hurting marine life. We continue to dump eight million tons of trash into the ocean yearly. What can we do to reduce this impact on the environment?