Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What We Don't See that Goes Out to Sea

When we wake up in the morning, we brush our teeth using a plastic toothbrush and toothpaste from a plastic tube; we shower using body wash, shampoo, and conditioner from plastic bottles; we shave our faces and/or legs using a plastic razor; we moisturize our bodies using products from plastic bottles; we get the bread for our toast from a plastic bag and pour a glass of milk from a plastic carton; then we grab a soda or water in a plastic bottle to take with us as we go about our daily routine.  This is a scene that millions of Americans wake up to every day yet don't consider what it means.  Plastic, it's everywhere.  We don't even think about it - neither its effect on the environment nor on our health or that of our neighbors.  

The Zurich Museum of Design in Switzerland just opened an exhibit entitled "Out to Sea:  The Plastic Garbage Project" with the following as the central installation:
Source:  Clean Bin Project's facebook page
"What is it?" you ask.  It is the amount of plastic released into the sea every 15 seconds.  Something for us all to ponder.

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