From Hawaii To Japan

August 23, 2008

I am as guilty as anyone else when it comes to waste, but what on earth am I thinking?

That somehow, once I’ve thrown away my over-packaged, over-priced, average-tasting food item in the bin – it magically goes away?

Well, obviously not. Scientists have found a “plastic soup” of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean, and it’s growing at an alarming rate – so much so, that it now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States.

The Independent reports,

‘The vast expanse of debris – in effect the world’s largest rubbish dump – is held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting “soup” stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.’

I do think if we labeled all bins with ‘Waste for Landfill’, or ‘Waste for Ocean’, we’d think twice…

Full article here.


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