Ironic……..A small dead turtle next to a weathered McDonald’s coffee paper cup and plastic bottle I found along the edge of the lake and preserve. “Enjoy”    – tell that to the turtle

© 2010 Hilda Perez

More and more, I see debris and trash floating in the lake, often accumulating along the edge where you often find birds and ducks foraging for food. It’s usually a result of the run offs from storm drains, but the ultimate result of people throwing garbage in the streets and the trash in the sewers. In this highly technological age we are in, that companies have not figured out, (or perhaps don’t want to figure out) how to produce and package in some sort of biodegradable form. However, SunChips has a new campaign touting that their new chip bags are made of plants, thus fully compostable under heat, and will unveil as part of Earth Day in April.   I hope more companies follow suit , and I applaud them for setting a standard and taking ,what I feel, a huge step towards environmental responsibility.  READ MORE ON SUN CHIPS NEW BAGS

But we also need to fix our oceans and waterways and thoughtless consumerism and further educate all the morons who litter without a second thought.

DID YOU KNOW:    The world’s largest landfill is located in the Northern Pacific ocean, in an area of slow moving sea currents called the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. It is an oceanic desert, far away from the world’s shipping lanes, its chief ‘flora’ is the massive mass of floating garbage mostly of plastics. The size of this mass is equivalent to that of the continental United States. This garbage island is actually two different but linked areas;  The Eastern Garbage Patch, is located between Hawaii and California and The Western Garbage Patch, spreads from the east of Japan to the west of Hawaii.

….Plastic…such a huge invention for humans in many ways but what a huge detriment to our planet and ecosystem.

“PCBs, DDT and other toxic chemicals cannot dissolve in water, but the plastic absorbs them like a sponge. Fish that feed on plankton ingest the tiny plastic particles. Scientists from the Algalita Marine Research Foundation say that fish tissues contain some of the same chemicals as the plastic. The scientists speculate that toxic chemicals are leaching into fish tissue from the plastic they eat, something that ultimately affects the health of humans.

SEE VIDEO ABOUT PLASTIC IN THE OCEAN

“Sea turtles, for example, think plastic grocery bags are jellyfish when the bags are floating in the ocean. An untold number of the turtles and other creatures, such as Hawaii’s endangered monk seal, swallow the bags and suffocate, drown or starve, said Holly Bamford, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s marine debris program.

Birds face similar issues when they eat pieces of plastic out of the water. In the North Sea, a survey found 94 percent of fulmars, a type of seabird, had plastics in their stomachs, the U.N. report says.  The birds, on average, had about 34 pieces of plastic in their stomachs.A surprising amount of trash that ends up in the ocean starts on the land, the report says. In Australia, for instance, a survey found 80 percent of ocean trash starts on the land.”  Source: 2009  United Nations Environment report titled “Marine Litter: A Global Challenge.”

Some of the varied items I collected from the edge of the lake, in a very small section mind you.

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ONE MAN’S TRASH….NOT SO MUCH A TREASURE

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