Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch - Growing, Growing Every Day

Ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? If not read here about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP).It's also described as the Pacific Trash Vortex, and is a huge vortex of plastic in the North Pacific Ocean and is growing at a frightening pace!

It's composed of the plastic you carelessly discard into the drain and which gets washed into the sea. Then it is sucked and churned into the GPGP where it will remain for thousands of years. Says Chris Parry, public education program manager with the California Coastal Commission in San Francisco:

"At this point, cleaning it up isn't an option," Parry said. "It's just going to get bigger as our reliance on plastics continues. ... The long-term solution is to stop producing as much plastic products at home and change our consumption habits."

Dispose plastic into bins from where you are sure it will be recycled. A better idea would be to stop using plastic once and for all. How about it?

Hat tips to fellow blogger Lisa Lubin for the links and initial information.

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