Friday, March 13, 2009

Garbage Patch Part Deux

As the white caps on the waves continue to flow in the Pacific Ocean, so does the Trash Vortex (a.k.a. Garbage Patch or Pacific Subtropical Gyre). This is a slowly moving, clockwise spiral of currents. It’s also a scary place that doesn’t even accommodate fisherman and sailors anymore. Why? The plastic out weighs surface plankton 6:1. Milllons of pounds of it. It's the largest landfill in the world, and it floats in the middle of the ocean.

I wrote about the Trash Vortex –Part One and really tried to educate my fellow bloggers and friends. So now the question is back on you…have you changed your consumption habits? Do you need really need that plastic bag from Subway? You only use it for 30 seconds before taking out your sandwich. What about your plastic water bottle at the gym or work?

Most of the trash, like the headless Barbie accumulated in Long Beach (Source LA Times) and ends up floating down the Los Angeles River, which carries enough garbage each year to fill the Rose Bowl two stories deep. Don’t you hear the song…I’m a Barbie girl….in a barbie world…it’s fantastic….tastes like plastic. It's not funny anymore. Consume Less. Conserve More.

Source: LA Tiimes, August 2006, Image Source: Rick Loomis

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