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Revolutionary New Map Reveals Extent of Plastic Debris In Our Oceans

By Kira Heuer

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The Malaspina expedition led by the Spanish National Research Council set sail on a nine-month, worldwide expedition in 2010 to study the impact of global warming on Earth’s oceans, one of their projects was to locate the accumulations of plastic. They explored the five huge gyres, which collectively contain tens of thousands of tons of plastic. The result was the creation of a compelling, first-of-its-kind map of this debris. But in the process, they realized that the plastic in the gyres didn’t begin to account for the enormous amount of plastic that’s been manufactured since the mass production of plastic began in the mid 1940s. While there’s been considerable alarm raised about these gyres of floating plastic, the missing plastic could be having negative impacts we don’t yet know about. As National Geographic reports, the study of marine plastic debris is new, dating back only to 2004, when British marine biologist Richard Thompson concluded that most ocean debris is, in fact, plastic.  The point of this would be to take a moment and make a conscious effort to lower you usage of plastic bottles drastically. There are so many beautiful alternatives to this plastic bottle water habit we have come accustomed too. One of them, would be to buy a Bib&Sola carafe!! Really though, please contact us for alternatives…happy to share all the ways to make a change with us in a most cool and savvy way….

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Above: These maps show the tens of thousands of tons of plastic garbage floating on the surface of the waters in the world’s oceans. Map credit: National Geographic staff Jamie Hawk Source: Andrés Cozar, University of Cádiz, Spain

 

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