I have longed to see Margaret and Christine Wertheim's crocheted coral reef project, having followed its global impact and also having worked with Margaret many years ago. I finally saw it today and it was more awe-inspiring, beautiful -- and also disturbing -- than I could have imagined. #coralreef#pacificgarbagepatch#craftism#crochet#museumofartsanddesign
Within this sphere are items I collected from a beach on the island of St. Croix, mixed with Caribbean ocean water from the site of the where I gathered the trash. The yellowing you see is from 10 months of fermentation inside a sealed bottle, where as the bottle that held pure ocean water never changed in color or smell. #pacificgarbagepatch#environmentalism
After a long hiatus, my boys are back into The Octonauts. We just finished "The Octonauts and the Pelicans" and it was a really great opportunity to talk to my kids about zero waste beyond all the showing and doing in our daily lives. (It's on YouTube if you are interested). •••• This episode focuses on a floating garbage patch that is directly threatening a flock of pelicans, a school of sardines and several swordfish. The pelicans came into the sick bay with plastic rings around their legs, forks stuck in their wings, and one had a bottle stuck on his nose. The Octonauts try to protect the fish from eating the garbage while they work together to clean it up. •••• While watching it together, I explained that this is *exactly* why our family refuses single use plastic. My oldest pointed out that the garbage wouldn't be there if everyone just brought their spork. 😍 •••• #octonauts#explorerescueprotect#plasticpollution#garbagepatch#pacificgarbagepatch#saynotoplastic#refusesingleuse#noexcuseforsingleuse#stopsucking#trashisfortossers#goingzerowaste#zerowaste#savetheocean
“On August 29 we deployed the first part our new North Sea prototype.” + The plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch continues to increase and decompose into substances directly harmful to the oceanic ecosystem. The goal of The Ocean Cleanup is to eventually rid us of the Pacific Garbage patch and foster sustainable initiatives that protect our oceans.
Plastic hunters for real. First run for the beach (well Abby the dog ran) on Baldwin Beach yielded no balloons or plastic bottles but loads and loads of tiny plastic fragments. When the sand shifts, we will go back and get even more.
Sign our #petition for the #sanitationdepartment to take more care while collecting trash in #Eriepa. This will help cut down the amount of #plastic making it's way into #LakeErie. FACT: Researchers found that nearly 10,000 metric tons—or 22 million pounds—of plastic enter the #GreatLakes every year. (Rochester Institute of Technology)