America loves plastic because it lasts a long long time and it doesn’t cut our feet if it falls on the floor.
China loves plastic because they make it and sell it to us.
Petroleum plastic, a material designed to last forever, yet used for products that we then throw away. This throwaway mentality is a relatively recent phenomenon. Just a generation ago, we packaged our stuff in glass, metals, and paper, and designed products that would last. Today, our landfills and beaches are awash in plastic packaging.
much of it remains “unaccounted for”, lost in the environment where it ultimately washes out to sea.
Sunlight and wave action cause these floating plastics to fragment, breaking into increasingly smaller particles, but never completely disappearing.
coupled with wind and the earth’s rotation, create “ocean gyres”, massive, slow rotating whirlpools in which plastic trash accumulates are being researched.
Plastic pollution is not a benign material in the ocean. Scientists are studying whether these persistent pollutants, transfer to the marine organisms that mistakingly consume them.
consider borrowing a small research trawl from Algalita Marine Research Center to collect scientific samples. Our new “Suitcase Manta Trawl” and “Winged Trawl” include easy protocols, which can be used by anyone to get valuable data. The objectives and methods are simple:
Step 1. We send you a trawl with easy instructions
Step 2. You sail, collect samples and dry them out according to our protocols
Step 3. You mail the trawl to the next sailor somewhere in the world
Step 4. We process the samples and import data to 5gyres.org
Zan Dubin Scott
So next time you’re out sailing about, perhaps you could help these people with their research and do some trash trawling. I only have a kayak that I use in the bays, rivers, and back waters down here in Florida. When I see floating plastic stuff I try to fish it out of the water and dispose of it after I get home. Sometimes there is just too much to bring it all home and sometimes I celebrate just being able to enjoy my paddle without encountering trash. Can you imagine walking, biking or paddling and not finding trash?
please visit their site at –> http://www.5gyres.org/