The story above is unfortunately NOT fiction.
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean lies a floating garbage patch twice the size of the Texas. It is a place where the water is filled with six times as much plastic as plankton. This plastic-plankton soup is entering the food chain and heading for your dinner table.
It is refered to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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PLASTIC NEVER BIODEGRADES
It only breaks down into smaller & smaller pieces that become part of the ecosystem.
In addition to being a blight on our environment, the creation of plastic itself is a problem. Products that are added to plastic during production have negative human health effects. Not only are manufacturers exposed, but some chemicals migrate from the plastic packaging to the foods they contain.
-From the ecologycenter.org.
THERE IS NO SAFE PLASTIC
What you can do:
- Avoid plastic at the grocery store and buy food in glass or metal containers.
- Avoid heating food in plastic containers, or storing fatty foods in plastic containers or plastic wrap (as they may absorb chemicals from plastic).
- Do not give young children plastic teethers or toys.
- Use natural fiber clothing, bedding and furniture.
- Avoid all PVC and Styrene products.
- Stop buying bottled water. (40 percent of water bottled in the United States comes from public water supplies.)
- Support Baltimore Councilman Kraft's efforts to rid our city of platic bags. Purchase or make cloth bags for shopping.