Our Green Policy - Recycle
article by Jim Hoyle
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
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
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.
area is known as the Northern Pacific Gyre (swirl or eddy), one of five gyres in the world’s
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Together we can shrink the World Biggest Garbage Dump.
Join me PLEASE ! -