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Good morning! How was your weekend? Mine like many peoples did not turn out as I thought it would. Because of the Nor’Easter we did not end up celebrating my father-in-laws 90 birthday. Our flights were cancelled Friday, actually all of the flights were cancelled and we were told we would not be going anywhere until Sunday. The party was Saturday so we picked up our pups and spent the weekend at home.
Thankfully with the crazy winds, gusting up to 77 miles an hour, we did not have any problems, no damage to our house or trees and we never lost power. We got lucky because I understand from reading the news that 3 days later many people are still without power. I hope it comes back on for them soon because there is another storm coming this way Wednesday.
I recently read a post on Facebook that said there is so much plastic floating in the ocean that the mass is as big as the 5th largest country in the world(Brazil). I was astonished so off I went to see what I could find out about this. This interesting article by Ecowatch states that said that 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year, and the the majority of the waste comes from just five countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Seriously?
Another article from International Business Times said that between 5-18 million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans, 20 countries are responsible for 80% of it and China is responsible for 30%!
I am not just talking about bags and bottles I am also talking about the little plastic beads in your face wash, toys, straws and more. Think for a minute what all of this plastic does, not only does it endanger the animals, but the ice and the plants and the glaciers and so much more.
I am speechless and bewildered. What are we going to do about this? How can we fix it? Aside from the obvious of not buying plastic bottles and using plastic bags or utensils or straws?
I am only one person but I am going to make a concerted effort to make changes in our house to eliminate bags, bottles, etc. I already use this water bottle and have several reusable totes in the car but sometimes I forget them or I am lazy and don’t feel like digging them out. I do have reusable glass storage containers but ironically they have plastic lids.
Did you know about this? What do you think? Are you surprised? Do you use a lot of plastic? For those of you who live outside of the USA I would love to know how plastic is treated in your country.
I hope that you have a good day.