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Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH
How Much Garbage
Do We Create?
Where does our garbage go?
14 billion pounds of garbage is being dumped into the ocean every year.
SOURCES
http://planetgreen.discovery.com/travel-outdoors/ocean-bound-plastic-interview.html
http://seapics.com/search/
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE VORTEX!
http://dream2clean.blogspot.com/2010/04/5-minutes-to-drink-500-years-on.html
The average American uses 167 plastic bottles a year, 20 of them are recycled. If we could cut this consumption by 75% we would lose over 4 Billion water bottles annually. Think about that what does 4,000,000,000 plastic bottles look like? You could wrap the earth 109+ times.
The average family spends $10-20 a week on bottled water. That is $520-1,040 a year. Buy a reusable non-PBA bottle and drink filtered water!
http://mrbarlow.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/garbage-patch-found-in-atlantic-ocean/
Marine trash kills more than one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles each year through ingestion and entanglement, says the Ocean Conservancy. This year, volunteers found 81 birds, 63 fish, 49 invertebrates, 30 mammals, 11 reptiles, and one amphibian entangled in debris such as plastic bags, fishing lines, fishing nets, six-pack holders, balloon and kite strings, glass bottles, and cans.
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/04/ocean-conservancy-report-2007.php
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.
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/the-worlds-rubbish-dump-a-garbage-tip-that-stretches-from-hawaii-to-japan-778016.html
Plastic is believed to constitute 90 per cent of all rubbish floating in the oceans. The UN Environment Programme estimated in 2006 that every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic,
"It moves around like a big animal without a leash." When that animal comes close to land, as it does at the Hawaiian archipelago, the results are dramatic. "The garbage patch barfs, and you get a beach covered with this confetti of plastic,"
REDUCE,
REUSE,
RECYCLE
BE AN EDUCATED
CONSUMER...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2007/10/03/GR2007100301385.html?referrer=emaillink
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/08/10/plastic_bags
SAVE OUR OCEANS!!!

MORE
SOURCES
About how much garbage does the
average American produce in one year?
A. Around 500 pounds.
B. A little over 1,000 pounds.
C. Over 1.400 pounds.
D. Greater than 1,600 pounds.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces about 4.4 pounds (2 kg) of garbage a day, or a total of 29 pounds (13 kg) per week and 1,600 pounds (726 kg) a year. This is about 243 million tons of trash produced in one year in the U.S. This only takes into consideration the average household member and does not count industrial waste or commercial trash.
http://www.donorbydesign.com/resources/dbd-blog/page/5/
-Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S
-Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away!
-Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam coffee cups every year.
-Every month, we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper. All of these jars are recyclable!
-The US population discards each year 16,000,000,000 diapers, 1,600,000,000 pens,2,000,000,000 razor blades, 220,000,000 car tires, and enough aluminum to rebuild the U.S.commercial air fleet four times over.
-About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material!
-Every year, Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times
Every year, Americans use approximately
1 billion shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste.
LESS THAN 1% ARE RECYCLED!!!
http://www.cleanair.org/Waste/wasteFacts.html
The average American uses 167 plastic bottles a year, 20 of them are recycled. If we could cut this consumption by 75% we would lose over 4 Billion water bottles annually. Think about that what does 4,000,000,000 plastic bottles look like? You could wrap the earth 109+ times.
SOME SOBERING FACTS
In the U.S. 80% of garbage ends up in landfills!!!
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/12/international/asia/12garbage.html
In Japan up to 80% of
garbage is incinerated!!!
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/08/31/2020317.htm
http://thoughtsandfact.com/
THE TOP 10 DEBRIS ITEMS THAT WERE COLLECTED ON A 2007 PACIFIC EXCURSION INCLUDE:

CIGARETTES / CIGARETTE FILTERS

FOOD WRAPPERS / CONTAINTERS

CAPS / LIDS

BAGS

PLASTIC BEVERAGE BOTTLES

CUPS / PLATES / FORKS / KINIVES / SPOONS

GLASS BEVERAGE BOTTLES

CIGAR TIPS

STRAWS / STIRRERS

BEVERAGE CANS
http://good.net.nz/magazine/7/good-start/the-great-pacific-garbage-patch
http://plasticisntnice.blogspot.com/2010/09/drowning-in-plastic.html
LEARN MORE,
EDUCATE OTHERS,
BE AN ACTIVIST!!!
Sponsor a
Bottle Cap Drive
Never doubt that a
small group of thoughtful
committed people can change
the world. Indeed, it is the
only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead
THINK GLOBAL
ACT LOCAL
Don't buy bottled water!!!
Ban the Bag
No more plastic!
Requiem
Kurt Vonnegut
The crucified planet Earth,
should it find a voice
and a sense of irony
might now well say
of our abuse of it,
“Forgive them, Father,
They know not what they do.”
The irony would be
that we know what
we are doing.
When the last living thing
has died on account of us,
how poetical it would be
if Earth could say,
in a voice floating up
perhaps
from the floor
of the Grand Canyon,
“It is done.”
People did not like it here
http://www.wellpromo.com/search/x/36-x24--World-Map-Poster-With-Pacific-Centered/index.htm
Where is the largest
garbage dump on Earth?
THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE VORTEX!
Photo by Moto-chan
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