There's an island mid way between California and Hawaii a little bigger than the size of Texas. Are you picturing palm trees and golden sands? Pretty idyllic, right? Well, no ... not exactly. Not until you hear what that island is made of: plastic. As in trash. As in OUR trash.
Known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, this floating plastic island is a toxic mess, killing marine birds and animals and their young. And aside from killing off wildlife, the plastic island is also poisonous, releasing toxic chemicals as it floats along.
Plastic is convenient, lightweight and easy to use. We get it. But the qualities that make plastic adaptable and durable also make it an environmental nightmare. Why? Because plastics don't biodegrade. Instead they photo degrade, breaking down under exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays into smaller and smaller toxic pieces. The bottom line is this: with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated, virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form.
So what can you do? Just say no to single-use plastics. Bring your own recyclable bags to the grocery store. Spread the word. Recycle. And please, please be kind to the earth.
For more information, check out the wealth of information at surfrider.org
, or riseaboveplastics.org