Ocean of Plastic

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“Plastics, like diamonds, are forever.”

The above quote is from Captain Charles Moore, oceanographer and racing boat captain known for articles that recently brought attention to the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ .

A recent study of remote beaches in Hawaii found that the beach sand contained over 50% plastic.   The plastic is washed upon the shore after being discarded hundreds or thousands of miles away.  In the Pacific Ocean, a patch of garbage the size of Texas was found in the late 1990s.

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Over 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic.

Worldwide shoppers are using approximately 500 billion single-use plastic bags per year.  To put this in prospective, this translates to about a million bags every minute across the globe, or 150 bags a year for every person on earth.  And the number is rising!