Tag: plastics

What Happens to All That Plastic?

by | 1.31.2012 at 12:14pm | 22 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.  Its 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 []