Friday, March 27, 2009

Plastic Bottles

Recycling plastic is a big big thing 'round our house. I've always been apt to recycle plastic bottles but when I read about the "plastic soup" out in the Pacific Ocean, I took my recycling up a notch.

For those who don't know what I'm referring to when I say "plastic soup", it's a mass of garbage/trash that is large enough to stretch across the Pacific Ocean from the U.S. (Hawaii) to Japan.

The garbage is comprised of just about anything you can think of and it's not just surface-floating debris. Apparently, the garbage is suspended in the water just below the surface and further down. And though it is far out to sea, the mass is affecting life all around it, which will eventually affect our lives too. An ecosystem doesn't go silently into the night, when it begins to break down, it takes everything with it, kicking and screaming. Today, it's an albatross swallowing plastic it mistook for fish or plankton. Tomorrow it's little Suzy at the beach getting caught in a floating plastic bag.

If we don't start re-using our world instead of throwing it away, things will come full circle! And we will be in a heckuvalot of trouble.

Check out "Recycline" for the cool stuff they're re-using plastic bottles to make. And try to come up with your own ideas for re-using plastic bottles! is a great place to find tips and tricks for recycling and upcycling!

Go re-use your world!

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