Sunday, May 18, 2008

Swimming in an Ocean of Plastic

From Orillia, Ontario, Canada comes this piece wherein the author reveals a revelation he's had regarding plastics.

A few statistics from the piece, courtesy of Algalita Marine Research Foundation via Time Magazine:

  • 46,000 pieces of plastic are floating per every square mile of ocean.
  • The North Central Pacific Gyre (that floating patch of debris) contains an estimated 100 million tons of trash.
  • The gyre area is now said to be maybe twice the size of the Continental United States.
These stats and the realization that he was making a difference has turned the author. What can they do to turn that skeptical friend or relative of yours? Any decent person who learns of the research of Algalita and others can't help but want to make a difference. Read the entire article here.