All posts tagged: plastic facts

Happy World Environment Day 2014!

  Happy  World Environment Day!  Help educate your community and raise awareness about global environmental issues as well as ways to help protect the environment. 10 Eco Facts 1. The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. 2. Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it. 3. North Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. 4. We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road. 5. A plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. 6. Fish ingest an estimated 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic per year in the Pacific Ocean. 7. Over 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic. 8. 14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year. Most of it is plastic. 9. …

Be classy, don’t trash the ocean

When I think of the ocean, I picture the gorgeous Caribbean Sea that surrounds my lovely island.  The water is inviting and crystal clear.  It is truly a blessing to be surrounded by such clear water, that is filled with an abundance of marine life, and coral reefs. However, unfortunately some people may not be so lucky, and don’t think of such a picturesque image, instead startling images of the ocean being polluted comes to mind.  For instance, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  Here is a snapshot of the state the Pacific Ocean is in, “The Pacific Ocean is home to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which also is known as the “World’s Largest Landfill,” according to the European Commission. An estimated 3.5 million tons of trash reside in this landfill that are the result of whirling currents in the Pacific Ocean that pull trash and pollution into the ocean.” (http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/statistics-pollution-pacific-ocean-20311.html) It is simply heart wrenching to see the ocean in such a state of distress as trash is continually being dumped in, polluting the …