Sunday, January 24, 2010

If you wondered how plastics get out to the middle of the ocean

Check out this video. Research shows that 80% of plastic in the marine environment is from land-base sources. Watch this video then calculate how many storm drains there are in the world and you can quickly figure out how much our one time use items contribute to the plastic pollution in the ocean gyres.
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8 comments:

  1. Danielle, thanks for being all over it!! check it out now.

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  2. Where was that filmed??? It's unbelievable... We watched a "Dirty Jobs" where they did a similar thing... but got down inside the storm drains (California... maybe San Fran?)... anyway they shoveled and used a vacuum truck to suck out all the trash... disgusting.

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  3. Unfortunately, when the video compressed, it took out the part where they pulled out a boom box!!! Crazy.

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  4. This was filmed by the City of Wilmington's Storm Water Services Division.

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  5. This is a wonderful video clip. I found that some people have a hard time to understand the fact that most trash in the ocean is coming from the land. I took pictures of trash on LA river. I need pictures of a storm drain just like this.

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  6. Obviously it goes from the land as the oceans become bigger dump bags.clogging themselves and killing lives of the sea world.This is devastation actually.
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