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The Problem With Plastic - How Drinks Bottles Are Choking the Ocean

Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, eco-friendly, protection, pollution, plastic, oceans )

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Bottled drinks are responsible for one of the ocean's most pressing environmental problems. Urban legends have been rife for decades about a large mountain of plastic trash polluting the Pacific Ocean. The truth of the matter is, in fact, much worse.

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Christeen A (371)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:20 am
We should go back to glass bottles. The drinks tasted better then anyway.

David C (25)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:22 am
the larger view on this mega-problem:
" If people pay for water [or, even worse: ultra-junk like caca-cola] in a plastic bottle, they're going to suffer any indignity " -- Derrick Jensen
and they do...

" People in the U.S. buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week. That is enough to circle the globe more than five times. " -- The Story of Bottled Water (2010) 8 min *must*see* watch?v=Se12y9hSOM0

resources ingeniously used and money well spent in a sane society of sane people.

David C (25)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:25 am
> We should go back to glass bottles.
we should go back to no bottles
and clean public water supply
and clean, drinkable creeks and rivers


Ben O (154)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:54 am
My question is; -WHY the hell does those plastic bottles end up in our oceans...???

Kit B (276)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 7:57 am

The answer Ben, is because they are dumped there and there are no absolute International Laws about dumping trash in the oceans.

. (0)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:13 am
There are few laws indeed Kit about dumping your trash when at sea.

. (0)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:46 am
I applaud the states that have a 5 cent refund on glass bottles.

Lisa Zilli (17)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:47 am
Remember: Use your own mug/water bottle, and you can have a big impact.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 11:06 am
I think plastic has been one of the worst inventions bottles being just one plastic thing

Carol H (229)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 11:51 am
noted and agreed!! thanks Cher

Sharon W. (4)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 2:33 pm
What Liza said!

Michael O (176)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 8:17 pm
Recycle your plastic bottles if you must use them, but above all, DON'T BUY BOTTLED WATER. Tap water is perfectly good in most parts of North America. Don't be afraid to drink it! It's free!!!

Cate S (7)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 9:09 pm
Thank you Cher. It is time to put a refund on those damn bottles. Tap water is healthier, cheaper and doesn't damage the environment. Let's all reduce the plastic that we use all the time. It seems to be everywhere!

Syd H (48)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:18 am
Um... I have to interject here. Tap water is not so good in many parts of the world (which is bigger than just the so-called Americas), even in the US. So I have been grateful to be able to find water that does taste good which I can drink and use for cooking.

On the other hand, there are ways to get quality water to people that does not need to be single-use plastic which also degrades into the very liquid it is holding causing other issues even before it's discarded. I tell you, the plastic water bottle is the biggest scourge in the streets of Istanbul. But it is apparently the world over.

Further, we need to devote ourselves to getting good, clean water to everyone as part of The Commons rather than let the corporations solve our problems for profit as that also becomes an unfair tax of a sorts on those who are least able to pay-up. Ubuntu. I am because we are.

The Chinese have a saying, "When drinking the water, remember the source" which mean be grateful to the rain, the clouds, the spring, the person who dug the well, and of course the ocean where the clouds pulled the water to begin with. It also means to care for it and keep it from contamination which would be that damnable plastic (among other things). It's like pissing in your own water.


Maria S (95)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 7:14 am
Noted & agree. Thanks Cher!
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