One More Reason to Switch From Plastic
Nov 04, 2014 10:17AM
By Erica Shames
Where’s the world’s largest landfill? Texas? New York? China? Try about 1,000 miles off the coast of California.
Floating in the Pacific, near Hawaii, is an enormous plastic debris field, twice the size of Texas, called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
A place where you expect pristine beauty is instead a massive swath of swirling garbage, caught up in and held together by currents. Most of it is plastic—floating bottles, fishing nets and the like. This “swirling plastic cesspool” is fueled by debris from ocean vessels and garbage from the California coast.
While plastic bottles from Pennsylvania are probably not ending up in the Great Garbage Patch, they are polluting our rivers and streams flowing into the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Next time swap out your plastic with a reusable bottle. Get inspired to do so here http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/encyclopedia/great-pacific-garbage-patch/?ar_a=1.