Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

While I'm on the light-hearted topic of garbage, let's talk about the great mass of plastic bags floating in the northern Pacific Ocean, called by some as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Yes, there's a large mass of plastic bags and other unbiodegradable things floating in the middle of the ocean, collected there by the currents pattern and left to disintegrate into small pieces, where they are eaten by sealife and enter the ocean food chain. Because it's in no country's territory, there's no specific party that is responsible for cleaning it up. Thus, it sits there, accumulating plastic, growing bigger every day.

I don't really have anything cheery to say about this, now, it's just another part of our altered environment. I just hope we figure out what to do before it's too late.


Susan said...
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Susan said...

I just read in the paper that China has outlawed businesses from manufacturing plastic bags under .025mm in thickness to consumers (that's the kind commonly found at US grocery stores), and by June 1st businesses will have to charge consumers for all plastic bags.

It's pretty sad, in my opinion, when China leads the US in environmental legislation! What are we waiting for?

BYOB--Bring your own bag!