Our Green Policy - Recycle

Lamp and lighting recycle information ideas article by Jim Hoyle

Personally, I care deeply about our country's precious wildlife and natural resources. My 120 acre farm is largely devoted to natural habitats and native plants which include 2 creeks and a pond. Wildlife is in great abundance and in a wide variety.

My business, Lamp Shade Outlet World packs all lighting products using RECYCLED MATERIALS. We reuse cartons and packing materials of all kinds. Each month our company saves tons of plastics, foam, paper, cardboard, textile fabrics and other shipping materials and we have been doing so since 1979.

Each of us must make a personal commitment to help save our environment. Private and corporate initiatives cannot wait for government edicts to solve our waste issues. One by one, we are making a difference. Since 1979 our company has never purchased a single foam peanut for packing and shipping lamps and shades and we never will.

When I initially read about this huge waste dump in the Pacific Ocean, I simply did not believe it. I suspected a scam or urban legend. Unfortunately this is a documented fact. It does exist.

You and I must act now. Do not wait for government intervention. I have renewed my commitment to using recycled shipping materials and I hope you will make a personal commitment along with me. Things you can do now this very day are listed at the bottom of this article.

Prepare yourself for a tremendous shock as you read the article below, then watch the video.

World's Biggest Garbage Dump - Twice The Size of The United States

It is estimated that 10 percent of the world’s plastic waste finds its way into the sea and slowly but surely most of it ends up in the Pacific Ocean.

Sea currents transport the waste into ocean “dead zones”, large areas of water that are slow moving circular currents which trap debris into one large constantly moving mass of plastic.

This mass of plastic is slowly being broken down into a plastic dust that marine wildlife mistake for food. Small fish consume tiny bits of plastic as if they were normal plankton. Those fish are then consumed by larger species and the plastic contamination moves up the food chain.

The UN Environmental Program estimates that over a million seabirds, as well as more than 100 thousand marine mammals, die every year from ingesting plastic debris.

Dead seabirds having mistaken plastics for food, have been found with discarded plastic lighters, water bottle caps and scraps of plastic bags in their stomachs.

Scientifically the area is known as the Northern Pacific Gyre (swirl or eddy), one of five gyres in the world’s oceans.

They are an area of sea where water circulates clockwise in a very slow spiral. Winds are light and the currents tend to force any floating material into the low energy center of the gyre – everything afloat becomes trapped.

These “dead zones” have been well known to sailors for centuries and they have traditionally avoided them at all costs. Low wind conditions means slow sailing.

Recently some sailors have been taking power assisted short cuts to their destinations and discovering vast areas of plastic garbage in their wake.

Some researchers estimate that there are over six kilos of plastic for every kilo of naturally occurring plankton in the Pacific plastic waste dump.

Besides being a danger in themselves these vast areas of plastic pollution act as chemical sponge attracting other damaging pollutants, such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), hydrocarbons and DDT that have been dumped in the oceans, creating even more highly damaging toxins for marine wildlife to mistake for food.

The northern Pacific plastic dump is deceptive to the eye. While it contains huge amounts of plastic waste it is not all floating on the surface. Wave action and the heat of the sun degrades the plastic into smaller and smaller particles which can form a sinking toxic soup that extends down to 6 meters below the oceans surface.

But there is still enough plastic floating on the surface to create a false habitat for plant and animal organisms to live on. Once attached to the floating surface these species are transported far beyond their normal ecosystems.

These ocean hitchhikers can then invade new habitats to become possible nuisance species in environments that nature didn’t originally intend them to inhabit.

Not all plastic floats. As it breaks down it can begin to sink towards the ocean’s bottom. Dutch scientists have discovered that over 70 percent of discarded plastic eventually sinks to the sea bed.

The Dutch researchers have counted an astounding 600 thousand tons of plastic sitting on the North Sea floor. As that ocean floor becomes increasingly smothered by descending bits of plastic sea bed organisms struggle for survival.

Dr. Marcus Eriksen, research Director of the Algalita Institute in Atlanta says, “Whatever goes into the ocean goes into these animals and onto your dinner plate.”

There has been little concern voiced by governments as the Pacific Ocean toxic garbage patch largely lay outside of international waters, outside their normal legislative considerations.

The problem is being intensified as modern plastics become more durable and increasingly more disposable.

As the Pacific plastic dump grows, and it could double in size by 2015, the effect on the human food chain becomes more toxic and problematic.

Video - World's Biggest Garbage Dump - Plastic in the Ocean :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxNqzAHGXvs

Things You Can Do:

1) Carry a reusable shopping bag in your car or truck and take it into every place where you shop.
2) Never carry another store purchase out in a plastic bag.
3) Shop smart, refuse to buy any item with excess or unnecessary packaging.
4) Ask your waste management company for a recycle box for plastics, cardboard, metals, newspapers, etc.
5) Stop the plastic addiction ! What's with everyone carrying around their personal plastic water bottles and drinking bottles ? People are not that fragile ! Wait until you get home or to the office or simply wait until your next meal - you'll be just fine...
6) Educate !  Share this article with everyone you know. Add your own ideas when you share.

Together we can shrink the World Biggest Garbage Dump.
Join me PLEASE ! - Jim Hoyle