In an article for Natural History magazine, Captain Charles Moore tells how he discovered what has come to be called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. According to Moore, his crew was on their way back to their home port in Long Beach, California when they decided to take a shortcut through an expanse of ocean few sailors traverse. The waters in that area lack the nutrients needed to support sea life, making it a frustrating area for fisherman.
Moore talks about gazing from the deck of his ship, expecting to see a pristine ocean and the shock he felt upon the sight of plastic as far as the eye could see. He says that in the week it took to cross the area, the crew could see debris floating everywhere, no matter what time of day they looked (read article here).
It’s easy for us to toss our trash into a bin and never think of it again, to shrug off where it’s ultimately going to wind up. It feels so satisfying to organize our files, clean unneeded paperwork off our desks, and replace tired computers and other electronics with newer, flashier versions that we can forget our responsibility to this planet.
If we leave recycling to “someone else,” we are part of a trend that leads to more landfills, increased greenhouse gases, loss of fossil fuels, and the reduction of natural resources. Fortunately, we only need to do our part, to be mindful of our role in recycling.
Mother Nature has it Down
One would think we’d take our cue from Mother Nature when it comes to recycling. After all, the Earth recycles and reuses everything. For example, dead animals and plants break down to become soil and provide nutrients to newly sprouting plants. For our planet, it’s all about reusing what appears to be useless.
For us, that means taking a moment to think about how our waste can be used in a new and better way, rather than rotting away in a landfill or filling the ocean with flotsam.
Finding New Life
Did you know that it only takes 60 days for a recycled aluminum can to be melted down, turned into a new can, filled, and placed back in a retail store? Aluminum is also used to make bicycles, building facades, and airplane parts. Glass is recycled to make containers, countertops, and even highway markers. As far as old computers and office equipment, once the glass, metal and plastic have been efficiently separated, they become part of entirely new items, given new life and kept out of a landfill.
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