There are many things the average citizen can do to help save the Earth. One is to recycle plastic, especially water and soda bottles. But what happens when people don't bother to recycle their plastic waste? Chances are, they simply toss it away or leave it behind. The amount of plastic floating around in our oceans and inland waterways is astounding! An article in Science from February 2015 stated, "about 4 million to 12 million metric tons of plastic washed offshore in 2010 alone." Yikes! The resultant damage to marine environments and the creatures that inhabit them is probably immeasurable.
There is a group, in The Netherlands, PlasticWhale, which has a goal of making the waters of the world plastic-free, and it has been "fishing" for plastics in the canals of Amsterdam. The plastics it collects are recycled and made into new fishing boats so that more plastics can be fished out of the waters. To learn more, click here.
Obviously we consumers need an attitudinal adjustment! A few items on plastics, recycling, and the environment that may help in that adjustment include:
Cisneros, Kathy. Bottle Cap Activities: Recreational Recycling. [372.5 CIS]
Harper, Charise Mericle. Just Grace Goes Green. [J HAR]
Inventions That Changed Our Lives: Plastic Planet. [DVD 620.1923 INV]
Kooser, Ted. Bag in the Wind. [JP KOO]
Paul, Miranda. One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia. [JP PAU]
Sirrine, Carol. Cool Crafts with Old CDs: Green Projects for Resourceful Kids. [J 745.584 SIR]
With school vacation coming, too, it might be a good time to think about crafts--keep the kids busy, and, help save the environment.
Let's end today with an inspiring recycling video: