i’d never thought about the plastic in face soap before reading the article in the above link. i don’t think i’ve ever bought soap with tiny plastic beads in it, but i’ve definitely used it at a friend’s or relative’s home before. it’s unfortunate that the tiny beads inside the soap are actually plastic. one would think that it could be made of something else to do the same job. contemplating the volume of plastic entering wastewater systems each day just from face soap and toothpaste is quite depressing. the world is full of unnecessary waste and people who don’t even know they’re contributing.
this article which blames Trader Joe’s and Aldi for plastic waste in the oceans is sad. it is highlighting one isolated awful incident. it is unfortunate though that this article is faulting specific companies that are indirectly affiliated with the dumping of plastics. Trader Joe’s and Aldi shouldn’t be let off the hook, but why bother pointing fingers at them when in reality the real problem is a societal disregard for the massive problems that plastics are creating in the oceans? point fingers at the people and companies who actually did the dumping and hold them accountable. even if Aldi never again uses the same irresponsible greenhouse company, that doesn’t meant that the greenhouse company wouldn’t continue to dump plastics into the oceans. this problem will never be curbed unless people realize the consequences and are reprimanded for them instead of being scolded.
the New York Times published an article regarding plastics in the great lakes. it is an issue not typically discussed. many people in michigan frequently talk about the problems with invasive species and mercury levels. we need to curb the plastic levels too. i don’t like plastic flavored fish… http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/7607/zebra_mussels_and_asian_carp_meet_latest_great_lakes_threat_microplastics#.Uq8VNfRDt8E
here is a great piece of literature describing how much fun it could be to stop plastics from penetrating the oceans and ecosystem. i wonder if the author is aware of the true implications plastic has on the environment?
these sharks might be dangerous to humans and have killed people, but i am sure that we kill more of them with plastics and other man-made waste.
after the apartment was cleaned out, i wasn’t exactly sure what to do with the final sculptures that were created. it was decided that it would be best to reintroduce them back into the environment in which they were collected. they hung on a street corner nearby my old apartment.
if they are left alone by the neighbors, the bottle caps will slowly peel off of the continental structure and fall back into the streets in which they were collected. the process parallels the artificial cycle of plastics that we have created for ourselves on earth. the manufactured toxins will re-enter the built and natural environment and then end up within the earth’s waterways. they will eventually degrade and be absorbed into the oceans, watersheds, and reservoirs that we depend upon.