You’ve seen the ads. Pristine beach… not a speck of sand out of place… a cold beer sitting just out of reach… clean water as far as you can see… a palm tree drifting into the top third of the photo.
At least the word “dream” is accurate.
We don’t think a beach exists on the planet without bits of plastic on it.
We’ve taken our fantasy of a pristine beach and trashed it.
Our pals over at Heal the Bay just posted some photos of Santa Monica after the “first flush” (the term Southern Californians use to describe what happens during the first heavy rain of the winter). The photo is a “first flush” photo. If you think this pic is nasty, check out the others here.
We, surfers and beach lovers, are sick of this trash.
This is why we do what we do.
I recently heard about a man who has invented a remarkable machine that turns plastic into oil. His name is Akinori Ito and he works for Blest Company. In a YouTube video about him, he explained that as a child he loved playing outside, but had no concept of the environment. But once he had children of his own and saw how much less open space they had to play in, he became acutely aware of the problem.
In the clip he says “we,” which means that he and his colleagues got together and came up with the realization that modern technology could be used to turn plastic into oil. “It’s not hard,” he said, “after all, plastic is originally made from oil, so why not reverse the process and extract oil out of plastic?”
This story should be getting some attention, if true.
A group of architects have a radical new idea for cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: turn it all into a giant island of recycled plastic complete with farmland, beaches — even a city made of plastic buildings with a plastic subway system.
The project, dubbed “Recycled Island” by its creators, Dutch group WHIM Architecture, certainly doesn’t lack for ambition. It calls for a massive cleanup of plastic in the North Pacific Gyre, the area of swirling ocean water infamous for collecting vast amounts of plastic trash.
Ambitious, to say the least
Oh, fer cryin’ out loud!
Plastic bags are bad for the environment, so I got some of these reusable bags. The article assures me I’m not going to make my family sick by using these, but sheesh - is there no end to all the things that are potentially bad for you?
The trick, it seems, is that you need to wash your reusable bags. Like I don’t already have enough laundry to do!
Bacteria may be hanging out in those reusable grocery bags that have become awfully popular lately. But don’t panic.
An industry-sponsored report find that 97 percent people don’t wash their reusable grocery bags. Even so, the health risks are low.
Yes, a study funded by the American Chemistry Council, which by the way represents some disposable plastic bag makers, found there might be microbes hitchhiking in your reusable bags. But a few germs aren’t likely to pose much of a health risk.
Academic researchers recently tested 84 reusable grocery bags from shoppers in California and Arizona: More than half the bags contained some sort of coliform bacteria, a category that includes Escherichia coli.
University of Arizona microbiologist Charles Gerba, lead author of the report, tells Shots the findings don’t suggest there’s going to be an outbreak of disease from the bags.
Instead, the plastics industry-sponsored work, which found 97 percent of the people interviewed never washed their bags, concludes the public should be educated about keeping them clean.
For what it’s worth, the report came out just as California considers a statewide ban on plastic bags.
Dr. Susan Fernyak, director of San Francisco’s Communicable Disease and Control Prevention division, tells Shots, “Your average healthy person is not going to get sick from the bacteria that were listed.”