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Plastic Pollution

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Maggie Chumbley

on 16 January 2014

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Plastic Pollution
World Water Week 2014-
Chief Sealth International High School
Disposable plastic items begin to be part of the mainstream market in the 1950s. Diapers, plastic sandwich bags, Styrofoam....
" Initially, such products were a tough sell at least to a generation that had come through the Depression and wartime scrap drives with the mantra
"use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without".
The ethos of reuse was so ingrained that in the mid 1950s when vending machines began dispensing coffee in plastic cups, people saved and reused them.
They had to learn--and be taught-- to throw away."
(Freinkel 121)
one symbolic environmental tragedy
200 billon pounds of plastic!
10% ends up in the ocean
70% sinks, but 30% floats as part of the garbage patch
Source: Good Magazine
Plastic is Forever
Plastic poisons our food chain
Plastic affects human health
Disposable plastics are the main source of plastic pollution
Plastic recycling is not a solution
Plastic pollution is not only in the ocean
Resources to get your facts and ideas
www.5gyres.org
www.plasticpolutioncoalition.org
www.myplasticfreelife.com
Suggestions for WWW
Take the Plastic Free Challenge!!
donations of plastic free goods

Klean Kanteen, To-go ware, glass, reusable bags,
awareness around plastic usage at Sealth
take action! letters and updates to decision makers in your school, district, city
pledges to refuse disposable plastic
The Story of Bottled Water
The Messy Stuff


bioplastics?
ocean cleaning machines?
recycling?
Maria Jose-17 Toronto
Over 50% of the world's population is under 25 years old!
Bioplastics are just plastics made from plants. Bioplastics may or
may not be biodegradable
, may or may not be toxic.
In the US, 93% of plastics are NOT recovered (put in plastic “recycling” bins). These go straight to landfills.
Much of what is collected is
downcycled
. The best we can hope for plastics is that these will be turned into other products such as doormats, textiles, plastic lumber, etc. These products will still end at some point in the landfill
Hundreds of millions of metric tons of plastic debris currently floats in the ocean and is
fragmented
into small pieces, scattered throughout the water column. Any cleanup has the potential to not only remove the plastics but also the
plankton
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