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The world's rubbish dump: a garbage tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan
A "plastic soup" of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.
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. more
Land-based discharges of human-made debris comprise the largest source of marine debris in oceans world-wide (nearly 80%).
The Plastic Debris, Rivers to Sea Project seeks to minimize the land-based discharges of marine debris. Just like cean-based marine debris, land-based discharges of human-made debris are comprised mostly of plastics. more
ARE PLASTICS CAUSING OBESITY IN HUMANS?
The more invisible and ubiquitous the pollution, the more likely it will end up inside us. And there’s growing and disturbing proof that we’re ingesting plastic toxins constantly, and that even slight doses of these substances can severely disrupt gene activity. The fact that these toxins don’t cause violent and immediate reactions does not mean they’re benign: Scientists are just beginning to research the long-term ways in which the chemicals used to make plastic interact with our own biochemistry. more
PLASTIC POLLUTION PREVENTION STARTS WITH YOU!Plastic bags, bottles and other plastic debris on the ground are blown by the wind and swept by the rain into rivers, streams and storm drains, ending up in our oceans where they are causing untold misery to marine animals and fish.
Here's what you can do:
#1 - AVOID BUYING PLASTIC
#2 - TAKE A CANVAS OR STRING BAG WHEN SHOPPING
#3 - ALWAYS DISPOSE OF PLASTIC RESPONSIBLY ie. put in recycle bin
#4 - PICK UP PLASTIC TRASH IN THE STREETS, PARKS & PUBLIC PLACES
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JOIN OUR PLASTIC POLLUTION PREVENTION PROGRAM NOW!Here's what you can do to make a difference in your community :