Friday, March 6, 2009

We are Turning into Plastic

Photo: Courtesy Cynthia Vanderlip/Algalita Marine Research Foundation

Photo: Courtesy of Matt Kramer/Algalita Marine research Foundation

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One word from the 1967 movie the Graduate (with Dustin Hoffman) "Plastics" a product that was to change the world and bring us to a brink of pollution and destruction of our planet today.

Plastic however has been around for a long time, like many things, longer than you think.

"The First Man-Made Plastic - Parkesine The first man-made plastic was created by Alexander Parkes who publicly demonstrated it at the 1862 Great International Exhibition in London. The material called Parkesine was an organic material derived from cellulose that once heated could be molded, and retained its shape when cooled."

So what you say, it's all a bunch of hype, I don't believe its as bad as they say. Damn treehuggers.

Its worse. Plastic has been around for over 14o years. Plastic doesn't decompose. It can breakdown. With disastrous results. The world is huge, vast, it is tough to get a handle on how large the Earth is. But as mankind as expanded, so has its garbage. Plastic garbage has the need to come together and it has.

In our oceans. For a leading indicator one needs to look at the Pacific ocean, an area 800 miles north of the Hawaiian islands, an area twice the size of Texas. A Leviathan monster. (Leviathan-a sea monster without a head or tail, just an enormous body that goes on forever.) It is covered in plastic collecting in a pool gravitating to each other almost magnetically.

The following article I found on Best Life about a year ago should shock, infuriate, sicken and sadden you.
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