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originally posted by: SocratesJohnson
You never hear about what life is around the plastic islands. Life is amazing. You don't think something is growing on the plastic island, and something is eating what is being grown. What's eating is having babies, and something is eating them, and so on and so on, the circle of life stuff
The plastic island is now an eco system, what's living there.
originally posted by: crayzeed
Well let's see. Making the man in the street pay for any clean up for plastic and paper???
Let's look at paper. When was the last time you read a newspaper, which by far and away is the largest producer of unwanted paper. Open the paper and the first thing you will see is an advertisement. Just one ad cost would pay for producing thousands of papers. Now multiply that up to the number of ads and you'll come to the realisation that these newspapers could give you your paper for free, but they charge you for the privilege. Newspapers make vast amount of profit for their goods. MAKE THEM PAY FOR THE CLEAN UP.
Plastic is exactly the same. Do you think these companies are giving you plastic straws etc. Nah, their cost is worked into the price of your drink etc. Now look at the vast profits they are making but they want to push the cost onto the customer to get rid of something that they have made a profit on.
MAKE THEM PAY FOR THE CLEAN UP.
originally posted by: Churchhousecreeper
It would be interesting what plastic that enters the sea via 3rd world countries was actually shipped from the US/Europe. If we can't set a precedent, they will continue.
originally posted by: dreamingawake
a reply to: Churchhousecreeper
Probably a good percentage. No that the recycling truths and issues have been reviled, such as the issue with China not wanting to accept the soiled mass of it from the US, the deemed "garbage" out of the recyclable amount of trash will end up somewhere, sadly likely to third world countries. Well, that is if not already on the way.
Seems like it will be a while before any of the plastic contaminating the environment and even into people's bodies will be turned around. More and more cities/counties are talking of banning plastics, from bags to now utensils. The alternative, one would think, should be biodegrade-ables. Though, it's challenging the "big plastic/petroleum" as well as the affordability of the alternatives. Now if hemp could gain even more traction.