In this photo provided by the USGS, a rubber bracelet made from plastic is shown in a lab in Portland, Oregon, on February 2, 2017.
A plastic hair rubber band was found on the back of a balding man in Portland.
The rubber band has a rubber-like texture and is a common sight at sporting events, beauty salons, airports, and even the grocery store checkout line.
It is also the same type of rubber found in the world’s supply of hair elastic, according to a recent USGS study.
The plastic hair band was first identified as an environmental hazard by a 2010 USGS paper that found plastic hair elastic from the US was entering the oceans from the United States.
The study identified plastic fibers as a major contributor to the problem, with the most problematic plastic fibers entering the Atlantic Ocean, according a recent report by the Environmental Protection Agency.
A plastic hair metal bracelets made from nylon were also found in Portland in August 2016.
The bracelets were used at a Portland Timbers game that year.
In a 2016 study by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the amount of plastic fibers in the ocean that was entering into the ocean was over 20 times the amount that had been in the atmosphere.
“The amount of plastics in the Pacific Ocean was up nearly 25 percent in the past five years, according the study, published in Science Advances in August.
Scientists have also linked plastic fibers to other problems, including the spread of bacteria and parasites, and increased risk of disease and injury, the Associated Press reported.
Plastic is the largest contributor to global warming and greenhouse gases, according NASA.
According to the US Geological Survey, the US produces almost 5 trillion metric tons of plastic each year, with plastics entering into rivers, streams, beaches, and sea urchins.