Tag: plastics

What Happens to All That Plastic?

by | 1.31.2012 at 12:14pm | 19 Comments
Photo credit: Ars Electronica

Today Americans discard about 33.6 million tons of plastic each year, but only 6.5 percent of it is recycled and 7.7 percent is combusted in waste-to-energy facilities. What happens to all the rest of it?

Changing Litterbugs One Wave at a Time

by | 3.10.2011 at 9:45am | 1 Comment
CAPTION: Sonia Machuca, WAVES for Development's environmental education teacher. -Benjamin Preston, 2011

As the mid-Pacific trash island grows, forces are at work to change people’s minds about how they may be adding to it.

Our Oceans: A Plastic Soup

by | 1.26.2011 at 5:09pm | 9 Comments
Photo credit: cesarharada.com

“Humanity’s plastic footprint is probably more dangerous than its carbon footprint,” said Captain Charles Moore, who, in 1997, discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. ┬áIts name is misleading because the huge expanse of floating marine debris is actually more like a soup of confetti-sized plastic bits, produced by the runoff of our throwaway lifestyle that [...]