The plastic trash problem fouling the oceans is getting worse. Avoid single-use plastic and recycle everything. Stephen
“Degradable or compostable plastic should be banned….bio-plastics simply break down into microplastic particles”– scientist
By Stephen Leahy
HONOLULU, Hawaii, U.S., Mar 24, 2011 (IPS)
That plastic bottle or plastic take-away coffee lid that has 20 minutes of use can spend decades killing countless seabirds, marine animals and fish, experts reported here this week.
On remote Pacific island atolls, diligent albatross parents unknowingly fill their chicks’ bellies with bits of plastic that resemble food. The chicks die of malnutrition, and when their bodies decay all those plastic bottle tops, disposable lighters, and the ubiquitous bits of plastic detritus get back into the environment in a cruel perversion of ‘recycling’.
There is now so much plastic in the oceans it is likely that virtually every seabird has plastic in its belly if its feeding habits mean it mistakes plastic bits for food. The same is true for sea turtles, marine animals or…
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