Discovery of a 2nd Garbage Patch

April 19th, 2010

Researchers have discovered a second garbage patch, composed of predominately plastic, spanning a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. Like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch discovered a decade ago, this Atlantic garbage patch is extremely harmful for the habitants of the ocean. According to Charles Moore, “Humanity’s plastic footprint is probably more dangerous than its carbon footprint.”

Researchers stress the importance of informing the public on the detrimental effects of insufficient disposal of plastic. The pieces of plastic are so small they are often mistaken for plankton and eaten by the fish, potentially endangering the consumers of these fish (yes, humans, too!). Mike Melia, an Associate Press Writer, explains our limited options in his article “A 2nd garbage patch: Plastic soup seen in Atlantic”:

“Since there is no realistic way of cleaning the oceans, advocates say the key is to keep more plastic out by raising awareness and, wherever possible, challenging a throwaway culture that uses non-biodegradable materials for disposable products.”

So what can we learn from this? Dispose of your plastic properly! Recycle! By recycling plastic, not only can we keep our oceans clean, but we are able to conserve our resources by making products like the Sustainable Living Group, Inc.’s Travel Blanket, made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.

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