Saturday, February 2, 2013

Floating Island ...of Rubbish

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So You want to go on a nice vacation, would this take your fancy?

What is this place you ask? It is a Floating Island of Trash it is also known as the Great  Pacific Garbage Patch.  It may not be your ideal holiday spot, but this exists.
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Covering an area the size of Texas, this floating landfill doubles in size every 10 years and kills countless birds and sea life that get tangled in the debris or mistake its contents for food.  It’s a very vivid reminder to humans that this is a not a problem that is going to simply disappear.
Plastic is the main culprit behind it all.
The very thing that makes plastic items useful to consumers, their durability and stability, also makes them an enormous problem in marine environments. Plastic does not break down so it stays there in the gyre, permanently.
Of the approximately 100 million tonnes of plastic that are produced each year, about 10 per cent of which ends up in the sea.
And up until a couple of years ago, this was a little known phenonomen, conveniently hidden away in a remote corner of the ocean.  (Source Link)

 Check out Trash Vortex for more info on this Issue.
Other places to get information are:
This Page
This Article

Latest Information I have read suggests this island will now be tested to see if the contents can be recycled.

 Meanwhile, the international Project Kaisei team also recently spent time in the garbage patch, studying its contents in hopes of eventually recycling them or turning them into fuel. And "adventure ecologist" David de Rothschild is pushing on with plans to sail around the garbage patch in a boat made entirely of recycled plastics, taking a test voyage earlier this month after a long delay due to construction trouble. Called "Plastiki," the ship is intended to highlight the connection between plastic trash on land and plastic trash at sea — an increasingly evident link, thanks not only to media attention for the Pacific patch, but also the recent discovery of a similar patch in the North Atlantic. (Source Link)

What Can You do to help this situation?
Use Biodegradable Plastics (check out this link on if they are better for the enviroment)
Recycle (Info on why you should Recycle and what you can recycle )

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