Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Plastic Bottles and Their Effect on Wildlife


"Midway Island is an uninhabited island about 2000 km from any other coast line. It lies roughly equidistant between North America and Asia, and almost halfway around the world from England."

 The importance of recycling is vital to the lives of animals all around the world, but this video gives eye-opening detail of the damages that throwing away plastics and recyclables can do to wildlife, even wildlife that is seemingly in the middle of nowhere.

There are many ways we can help stop this awful cycle. Of course, the three R's (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) but even recycling can go so far. Materials can only be recycled a number of times before the density and durability of that material becomes unusable. Reducing the amount of plastics and non-reusable products is one of the best ways of helping this terrible cycle, other than boycotting non-reusable items all together.

Many markets such as the Ashland Food Co-Op have stopped carrying plastic water bottles all together, and only sell re-usable glass water bottles such as Voss water. Pickathon is the first music festival that has boycotted the use of plastics and has gone to a re-usable system of glasses, plates, and even utensils.

By following the footsteps of these organizations, we can also help alleviate the burden wildlife carry in our wake of destruction.

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