Sunday, September 10, 2006
Oceans = Plastic Soup
Not sure how I missed this documentary - Alphabet Soup....documents a voyage with Captain Charles Moore to an area of the ocean so filled with plastic crap that its known as the "Eastern Garbage Patch". And in so doing, sheds some disturbing light on just how far reaching the impacts of our throwaway lifestyles are.....
As I've mentioned in previous posts, Captain Moore was my motivation to pursue the plastics crusade.
Much has been said about why plastics don't belong in the ocean - amongst other places. To reiterate:
*They attract toxic chemicals - PCBs, DDTs - at concentrations FAR greater than the seawater around them;
*Animals mistake plastic particles for food, filling their bellies with nutritionless nasties;
*Thousands upon thousands of marine creatures die from entanglement in plastic garbage/netting/etc.,
*Plastics LAST FOREVER.
Even if you're convinced, check out the film, and do your tiny but noble part by kickin' plASStic - just don't use the stuff whenever you can avoid it.
Posted by Anna at 10:55 PM