Plastic ocean

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    Mar 28, 2008 1:43 PM GMT
    http://www.cdnn.info/news/article/a071104.html

    Very alarming stuff.
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    Mar 28, 2008 5:12 PM GMT
    We are SO %&@#ed.
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    Mar 28, 2008 5:17 PM GMT
    Scarier yet: Fire up google Earth and type in "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" and the son-of-a-bitch shows up!

    Apparently, it's larger then the continental United States.

    That's horrifying, IMHO.
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    Mar 28, 2008 5:23 PM GMT
    Reading this article makes me think about the end of life on earth.

    Especially the points of: lowered fertility rates and the presence of indetectable toxic chemicals in our bodies, which are doing God knows what to our reproductive, immune, and endocrine systems. As a scientist in-training, these are some of the issues I think we'll be facing in the near future.

    It almost makes me glad that I can't have children of my own with another man.
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    Mar 29, 2008 2:32 AM GMT
    I just hope the force of evolution is stronger than the force of modern chemistry. That's the only way we stand any chance.
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    Mar 29, 2008 2:42 AM GMT
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    Mar 29, 2008 2:52 AM GMT
    Devildog78 saidI just hope the force of evolution is stronger than the force of modern chemistry. That's the only way we stand any chance.


    Nature will preserve herself, but not necessarily us...good for her. Jesus, that patch of garbage looked like something out of Dante's inferno except it was submerged in a murky stew. Makes me want to order some nylon grocery bags, ASAP. I think I will and I ask that you all do the same.
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    Mar 29, 2008 3:32 AM GMT
    GuiltyGear saidMakes me want to order some nylon grocery bags, ASAP. I think I will and I ask that you all do the same.
    Most of the stores I go to here in San Diego ask you "paper or plastic" I see some people carrying their own cloth bags.
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    Mar 29, 2008 3:39 AM GMT

    I think they should just stop making grocery bags and people have to bring their own cloth bags....holy, I hope the Iron Man Movie doesn't blow like Transformers.
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    Mar 29, 2008 3:41 AM GMT
    I lived in Germany and nobody uses plastic bags. It's so much better, easier and less frustrating packing your own bag than dealing with American shops where they put three items in a bag and hand you your groceries in a ruffled mass of quarter filled plastic bags.

    I always stop them and pack my bags myself, using paper if I can't fit them all.

    Even at small shops they want to put a single quart of half/half in a plastic bag...and look at me like "you sure you don't want a bag?" when I say, NO...I can hold it!

    It's so easy to reduce your disposable plastic imprint. When you order takeout and it comes in a plastic tupperware-like container...save it! The next time you order from there, tell them to use a paper box...Takeout boxes are so tre-retro cool anyway.

    Don't buy beverages bottled in plastic. Buy bulk grains, nuts and rice.

    Also to note! Most products that come in a plastic container have a counterpart in either paper, metal or glass...seek them out.



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    Mar 29, 2008 3:52 AM GMT
    What amazes me is that we still use plastics bags at all considering that every grocery store sells their own reusable bags at every check-stand. Heck, Whole Foods gives them away some days. Just of the top of my head I have reusables from Safeway, QFC(Kroger), Jewel-Osco, GNC, Albertson's and Dominic's. Sometimes I do use the disposables if I happen to remember I need something while I'm out doing something other than shopping. If it's a grocery run, however, it's very easy to grab a couple reusables on the way out my door.
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    Mar 29, 2008 4:06 AM GMT
    I never use plastic or paper grocery bags. I bought some string bags from http://ecobags.com/ They work great. I have some in the kitchen, some in the truck, and some in the car. I have no excuse to use another plastic bag. One of my friends is a 'pack rat' and I watched him collect those plastic bags. It seemed like he would collect at least a thousand bags every couple of months. I thought it was obscene to consume that much garbage for groceries. So I bought some bags. Now I almost feel guilt free.
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    Mar 29, 2008 4:12 AM GMT
    Caslon said
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    This is so sickening. Well, if some people don't believe in global warming or care about overpopulation; than maybe the more immediate threats from breaking the Cycle of Life throughout the world will alarm them as ecosystems are thrown out of control. It makes me SICK, to say the least.
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    Mar 29, 2008 1:15 PM GMT
    Holy fuck... They're THAT big?! icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 11, 2008 4:23 PM GMT
    Plastic is recyclable, that would be a salvage gold mine if plastic had more value.
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    Apr 11, 2008 5:00 PM GMT
    John43620 saidPlastic is recyclable, that would be a salvage gold mine if plastic had more value.


    At the rate we are using oil, plastic is going to be gold! I am not recycling, but am hoarding it all so I can retire on it when the plastic boom hits.

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    Apr 12, 2008 3:26 AM GMT
    All this plastic is going to start breaking up into smaller and smaller chunks... about the size of sand. It will eventually end up on the beaches then we will have beautiful plastic beaches!
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    Apr 12, 2008 3:43 AM GMT
    Well I was watching Today on nbc one morning and they were telling how certain types of plastic, like Type 7, has been shown to leak chemicals from the plastic to the liquids that it is holding. I'm sure theres some Type 7's within those plastic islands and the salinity of the oceans only helps degrade the plastics further. I wonder why there is not a greater public awareness in raising the alarm about this and no global effort being made to clean this up.
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    Apr 12, 2008 9:11 AM GMT
    WyoLifter saidAll this plastic is going to start breaking up into smaller and smaller chunks... about the size of sand. It will eventually end up on the beaches then we will have beautiful plastic beaches!


    I wonder if I should throw more red plastic bags. I want pink beaches! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 12, 2008 9:29 AM GMT
    Sedative14 saidI wonder if I should throw more red plastic bags. I want pink beaches! icon_biggrin.gif

    Hehe! Just use a bright pink paint spray and mark your territory! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
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    Apr 13, 2008 11:08 AM GMT
    muttskins said[quote][cite]Sedative14 said[/cite]I wonder if I should throw more red plastic bags. I want pink beaches! icon_biggrin.gif

    Hehe! Just use a bright pink paint spray and mark your territory! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif[/quote]

    ARE YOU KIDDING!

    That's not environmentally friendly! icon_rolleyes.gif