Monday, March 17, 2008

trouble in dallas

I've been storing the recylcing for a few days and its illuminating to see how much we can NOT throw out. Unfortunately here in Dallas, the wal-mart does not recycle plastic bottles -- only plastic bags. I'm hoping one of the upcoming venues recycles their plastics.

so I found out more about the 'great pacific trash heap' -- look at it like this, there's a "flattening" in the middle of a huge ocean due to earth's gravitational pull -- you can imagine this by the water simply being pulled into the earth.

It turns out that this is what creates circular currents in our oceans and like a giant 'whirpool' there is an effect of the trash collecting in the middle. Throw a plastic bottle off a pier and it may take years, but eventually it will circle its way into the center of these currents -- thats why there's an area twice the size of texas where you run past trash every minute... I'm sure with time it will keep concetrating.

2 comments:

Wild Hope said...
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Wild Hope said...

What an eye opener of a blog. I decided to research some more articles about the giant pacific trash heap after reading what you posted and it is truly sad what is happening in the world, all because of plastic. I had never even heard of this specific issue before I read your blog and some of the pictures that I found when I googled the topic were quite upsetting.

Thanks for dedicating yourself to creating awareness Ben! We need more people like you in the world =) I wish I would have had more time to talk to you about the foundation at the show in san diego but at nearly 1am my brain was just not functioning fast enough to get any of my thoughts out ;)

I am currently in the process of writing my own blog entry about this "epidemic" and I have included your video for "wreckage", links to your foundation website and your blog to help spread the word!

much love
-Kira