SWITCHING TO GLASS ELIMINATES THE USE OF PLASTICS
BY William Olkowski, PhD. An EcoBill Essay.
There was a time in U.S. history when we had no plastics and the world did continue to revolve. Yes, it nice to see through the package, but at what cost? And why does it all have to last so long? And why do we all have plasticizers in our fat tissues? And why do so many animals and plants have to die so we can carry our vegetables home in a plastic bag. It’s time to stop the insanities which surround us, from GMO crops, to unnecessary pesticide use, nuclear wastes which promise to last longer than we will, and why should we look forward to a wildy chaotic weather system, if we survive the next big nuclear accident or war? WHY? WHY? WHY? I’LL TELL YOU: ITS A WORLD GONE MAD FOR THE ALMIGHTY BUCK, stupid rulers, ignorant workers, controlled media, and a belief system which promises that man is the greatest, noblest, smartest animal alive, and no matter what comes some portion of us will survive in a mythical heaven. GET REAL PEOPLE. AND NOW WE CAN START BY Getting the Plastic Out of Our Oceans. Its simple.
Switch to Glass. IT LASTS LONGER, IS MORE BEAUTIFUL AND ITS REUSEABLE.
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Every year now, billions of pounds of plastic trash end up in the world’s oceans, where it hurts or kills almost 300 species of sea turtles, marine mammals, fish and seabirds. To protect these creatures from a deadly threat that has no place in their marine environment, the Center for Biological Diversity has just launched a campaign to get plastic out of our oceans.
In the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area of the North Pacific where a spiral of currents results in the convergence of marine litter, plastic particles outweigh zooplankton six to one. Forty percent of the world’s oceans are covered in similar swirling gyres of garbage.
The persistence of plastic debris is illustrated by this case study: A piece of plastic swallowed by an albatross originated from a plane shot down 60 years beforehand, almost 6,000 miles away.
Plastic pollution has a direct and deadly effect on wildlife. Hundreds of thousands of seabirds and sea turtles, seals and other marine mammals are killed each year after ingesting plastic or getting entangled it. Even those animals that aren’t killed by ingesting plastic can experience gastrointestinal blockages, internal infection, organ damage and reduced reproductive output. Toxic plasticizers and organic pollutants, such as PCBs and DDT, concentrate on plastic fragments at levels far greater than in the surrounding marine environment and have been shown to affect both the development and reproduction of a wide range of marine organisms.
Although the Center for Biological Diversity has petitioned the EPA to begin regulating plastics as a pollutant under the Clean Water Act why not start a campaign to SWITCH TO GLASS and get rid of the plastic revolution once and for all. Check out BiologicalDiversity.org/Plastics for more information.