Hi folks- welcome to my blog. It's less bloggy than most, it's more of a tool for looking up information on PLASTICS, especially as related to marine debris. Plastics have become a big problem for the planet because there is SO MUCH of it and it doesn't go away... ever. Over time it gets brittle and breaks apart into smaller and smaller pieces, but the strong synthetic plastic polymers continue to exist. The oceans are particularly vulnerable to this phenomenon because the cold water and lack of bacteria make it even more difficult for breakdown to occur.
Maybe by now you have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area roughly 2 times the size of Texas in the middle of the N Pacific Subtropical Gyre which is becoming a plastic soup. It's a sad state of affairs, but fixable in that all we have to do, I mean ALLLLLL of us, is be more sensible in our habits and consumer choices. Bring Your Own Bags to the grocery store; Bring Your Own Mug to the cafe; choose less packaged products when possible. It's doable, for a worthwhile cause...
Poke around below to find out more.

Nurdles (pre-production plastic pellets)

Nurdles (pre-production plastic pellets)
Manufacturers need to be responsible for cleaning up their own spills

Monday, January 14, 2008

Bag the Plastic - Go Tote

Everyone's doing it, why can't we?
Some are taxes, some are bans, some are complex combo measures that address the issue as needed by the country or the town and its businesses. Whatever form the reduction takes, the ocean breathes a sigh of relief. Many more sighs to go, good news is:

The BIG ONE just joined! (The Biggest, can you guess?)
And on its heels comes the land down under.
Ireland imposed a smart 15 cent tax on bag, reducing plastic bag use by 90%.
In 2002 South Africa banned the ultra-thin plastic bags. The aim being that the thicker bags would be too expensive for retailers to give away freely. Bags are sold at 3 cents, plastic bag use has hence been cut by 50%.
In Paris, a plastic ban has just gone into effect, and a nationwide ban is slated for 01/2010.
Most German supermarkets voluntarily ask for b/w 5 and 25 cents per bag, they don't even need to be regulated into it, they just get it.
Read about more countries that have curbed their plastic bag usage through regulations or taxations or education or more likely a combination of all three. This listing includes histories, i.e. when a new law went into effect and what's the story today, e.g. Switzerland 2003 -> Switzerland 2007.

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