Just Life Tip – July 2013

The Pacific Garbage Patch and our love affair with plastic!

Did you know…  ?

On one beach in Hawaii plastic particles outnumber grains of sand until you dig down about a foot?

Or that in one part of the Pacific Ocean plastic particles out-number plankton? In fact there are now 46,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometre of the world’s oceans, allegedly killing a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals each year.

The benefits of plastic, most of which relate to convenience, consumer choice and profit, have been phenomenal. But except for the small percentage that has been incinerated, every single molecule of plastic that has ever been manufactured is still somewhere in the environment, and some 100 million tons of it are floating in the oceans.

It is apparently almost impossible to ‘clean’ the oceans so the only thing we can do now is reduce our use of plastic to stop matters getting even worse…  how can you make a difference?

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