posted on Feb, 14 2011 @ 10:50 PM
Hey thanks for the vid link.
I too was wondering why someone doesn't go take all the plastic and recycle it, but from the research I've done it appears that a lot of plastics
used are not recyclable. Which then begs the question, WHY do we not only use plastics that are able to be recycled?
Originally posted by Fiverz
People expect this floating island where you can jump out of your boat and chill on the plastic. In reality the water now IS plastic.
You see that is exactly what I was expecting, due to the language used by the various articles I'm reading. I think it's a bit misleading to say an
"island of plastic' when it seems it's just regular water that is saturated with a ton of tiny pieces of plastic.
While a plastic island sounds more sensational, which is probably why they use that language, the truth is in fact WORSE because these small particles
are easily eaten by various fish and birds, which brings these chemicals into the food chain and makes its way up to us.
I'm still surprised, I don't really see a ton of coverage on this issue, and it seems to be one of the biggest ones. Polluting the oceans is a sure
fire way to basically infect the entire food chain, as most everything starts there.
It just boggles the mind that we just throw trash in the ocean, if that's what's causing this. As bad as the problems with landfills are, they would
be a heck of a lot better than tossing it in the ocean.
Definitely seems like an easy step would just to stop using non-recyclable plastics, and make sure to recycle the plastics we do use.