Balloons are dangerous to wildlife who might ingest them. If I had not picked this balloon up off the street, it would have washed into the storm drain heading for the river and eventually the oceans. If an animal did not consume it on its journey, it would have wound up in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Please remember to remove balloons when they are used outside for birthday parties or open houses.
Tags: Environment | Recycling
Yesterday in Albuquerque, we had an afternoon thunderstorm. Afterward on our way to dinner, we found this street-wide storm drain with lots of debris. This is one reason why we should not litter. Much of the trash enters the storm drain and makes it way (in this case) to the Rio Grande River which empties into the ocean eventually. Besides polluting our rivers and lakes, we add to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Mostly Albuquerque is a very clean city, but the washing of its litter into one location illustrates how much a problem small amounts of litter can become.
Today, we walked the LaLuz Trail in the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico. The trail was very clean of litter. We saw one plastic bottle that was probably dropped by accident. Everyone removes their trash and leaves only footprints. It was a glorious experience.
During my short walk this morning, I picked up 9 plastic bottles in the Boone Trace and Lexington Point subdivisions. Most of the plastic bottles were on the Lexington Point playground. The trash can at the playground was virtually empty.
If you can’t recycle (and there is no reason why we can’t), please put the plastic bottles in a trash can. Plastic bottles left on the streets eventually wash into the storm drains which wash into the rivers which wash into the oceans that push the plastic into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch vortex. (Sorry for repeating this warning on my blog.) No one seems to get the message.
Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of PlanetTrash: The Earth is Not a Trash Can. This image started the blog. When we spotted this overturned jaccuzi abandoned on the side of Newsom Station Road, something stirred us to fight the litter accumulating around our home.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how my life had changed since this blog became a reality.
We will continue to fight litter and especially plastic litter.
Our (meaning you, everyone in the world and me) dilemma is handling the plastic trash that we use in our everyday life. Plastic is everywhere. We can’t live without it. Look around you and try to find something that isn’t made of plastic.
We can reduce the amount of unneeded plastic as cups, plates and flatware. What do we do with our computer and other electronic components, automobile parts, etc? From just home and office use, I’ve used at least a dozen computers in my life. How many are in landfills? Worse, how many are floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Everything we buy is enclosed in plastic or is put into a plastic bag. Why?
Refuse to take plastic. Reuse or recycle it if you do. If you can’t, put it into a trash can at the least.
Just don’t use Planet Earth as a trash can. Please!
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No kudos to Deer Park Bottled Spring Water for its New Eco-Shape Bottle from us. Deer Park claims that the plastic bottle has “an average of 30% less plastic to be easier on the environment.” Deer Park, I picked up your plastic bottle from the side of the road where it would eventually wash into the river which would empty into the ocean which would propel it to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
No plastic is eco-safe. Not even recycled plastic, but at least, it’s not swimming in the Pacific Ocean.
Buy a reusable water bottle. We can all make a difference.
I finished reading Fahrenheit 451 yesterday. Toward the end of the book, one of the characters quotes from his grandfather:
Everyone must leave something behind when he dies…. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched someway so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.
Why did I think of that statement when I saw this Mountain Dew plastic bottle “planted” in the dirt at a construction site? Is this how the next generation will remember us? The huge pile of plastic floating in the ocean?
I still have flowers that return each year that my mother gave me. A few years before she died, she gave me a plant called a magic lily, or a surprise lily. The summer after she died, it bloomed for the first time. That’s where I see her soul: in flowers or when I eat a homegrown tomato.
Thanks to the Sierra Club for providing the link to this video about Garbage Island. I just watched all twelve episodes plus the bonus feature on plastic and bisphenol A (we’re all gonna die from plastic). This video explains the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and should be watched by everyone. I eat fish, but I’m not sure if I can after viewing this video.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn’t an island that we can walk on, but it’s little pieces of plastic concentrated in ocean water. Fish eat it; we eat fish.