On this 40th anniversary of Earth Day, I challenge you to stop buying plastic bottles of water.
90 per cent of all rubbish floating in the oceans is believed to be plastic.
“Charles Moore, an American oceanographer discovered the “Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch” or “Trash vortex” by chance in 1997, while taking a short cut home from a Los Angeles to Hawaii yacht race.
According to an article in “The Independent“ on February 5, 2008:
The vast expanse of debris – in effect the world’s largest rubbish dump – is held in place by swirling underwater currents.
This drifting “soup” stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.
Only five hundred miles away from my home in L.A. …
The newspaper article also includes the UN Environment Program’s statistics that plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals each year.
Syringes, cigarette lighters and toothbrushes have been found inside the stomachs of dead seabirds, which mistake them for food.
What can you do?
Step one, stop buying bottled water.
Don’t listen to the multimillion-dollar marketing campaigns that imply that bottled water is cleaner and safer than tap water because
bottled water can have just about the same levels of contaminants as tap water. In fact its very often just bottled tap water.
In the United States we consume two million beverage bottles every five minutes. Ouch!
Watch Charles Moores’ TED Talk…
It’s easy to use refillable bottles. Mr F and I have been filling ours for about a decade now. We even took them to Italy last year.