UNLESS… Earth-friendly Chroniclers: Challenge 2~ PLASTIC WASTE REDUCTION

PLASTIC WASTE and the necessity to reduce it

On February 12, 2015-  data from a new study detailing where plastic trash ends up was published in Science Magazine by a team of researchers from the University of Georgia. This was the first large-scale research done since the 1970s to try to quantify how much plastic waste ends up in the ocean each year.

The conclusions should come as no surprise- The environment is on overload with plastic debris…

  • most of it lies in landfills- those plastics will sit there for thousands of years waiting to degrade;
  • only about 9% of plastic we consume gets recycled;
  • a vast amount ends up in the world’s oceans- either from people throwing/dumping litter into waterways, or from storm-water runoff carrying plastic debris to the coasts;
  • ocean currents carry metric tons of trash into five known massive swirling garbage patches  or gyres in every ocean on Earth. (A horrifying amount of trash plastic- 8 million metric tons- found their way to the world’s oceans in 2010 alone.)

The problem is forecasted to become even worse…

UNLESS better waste-management techniques are adopted and practiced world-wide:

  • Recycle, reuse plastic products,
  • Reduce packaging materials,
  • Eliminate or reduce the use of disposable, one-time use items.

What  Earth-friendly action(s) are you taking to reduce your plastic footprint?

Share a photo(s) that lets us see how you are making a difference.

UNLESS- Someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing will get better. It’s not. From: The Lorax by Dr. Suess.
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Plastic Waste in the News:

Seattle TimesStudy: World dumps 8.8 million tons of plastics into oceans (PDF)

Vox: We Dump 8 Million Tons of Plastic into the Ocean Each Year: Where Does it Go? (PDF)

NBC News: Millions of Tons! Scientists Tally Up Plastic Pollution in Oceans (PDF)

 The Wall Street JournalWhich Countries Create the Most Ocean Trash? PDF)

12 comments

  1. i think that it is our responsibility to keep the poisonous substances away from the landfill. We should learn to recycle and to use less plastic stuff. Thank you for the interesting and inspiring article!

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  2. Jane, I like the revision — it is an evolving process. I think many of us know the problem, but it is overwhelming and easier to tune out especially with the amount of trash “out there” already.

    But of course, we all CAN do something, as evidenced by your efforts, and whatever small steps we can take.

    I’m into the quote thing today and add this from Marian Wright Edelman, founder of Children’s Defense Fund:

    “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”

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    1. You’ve captured the essence of how most people on the planet CAN make a difference in the quote you shared ❤
      Seeing a collection of those ideas in little places like this challenge can be inspiration and validation to keep on doing those "small daily differences" because they DO matter!

      Thanks for the quotation, Lola Jane.

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        1. Lola Jane- What an interesting post! I hope a lot of folks will read the information you shared and be inspired! The three ideas for reducing plastic waste are three that are very doable! It’s all about changing habits. I will do my best to follow your lead and try to keep a set of reusable food containers in the car with my market bags.
          ~Jane

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