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post #33 of Old 11-11-2012
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Re: Garbage Island

Let's recap, some nutjob poisons several packages of aspirin, so the drug company has to go to more extensive packaging to protect their customers. Floating band-aids (and worse) convince us that re-using soda bottles made of glass is dangerous to our health, so the soda companies go to one-use plastic bottles. All this evil plastic was introduced into packaging to protect US (every one of you, and me too!). But in the provisioning threads we don't like taking all that packaging onto our boats, there is no place to dispose of trash at sea (or on most islands). The limitations of our boats make us more vigilant about trash, and our interaction with the ocean make us painfully aware of the condition of our planet.
But it seems to me that any solution we propose has to acknowledge the existence of the prior problem and has to solve it too. Less plastic use would be good, what do you replace it with and meet the needs of the earth's seven BILLION inhabitants? More plastic recycling would be good, who is doing research on it and how do we support that research?
Like the issues in tuna fishing that killed dolphins, the first step is making everyone aware of the issue. Thanks for the video doing that. Keep at it.
But let's look for real solutions -- they are the only ones that will ever be implemented.
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