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Around The Water Cooler.

Welcome to the latest news from Blue Reserve. Our blog keeps you up to speed on the latest environmental stories, with focused coverage on issues related to water.

September 27, 2010

Blue Reserve Featured in Elephant Journal

Last week Blue Reserve was featured in an article on Elephant Journal, Boulder, Colorado’s premier magazine on Yoga, Sustainability, Politics, and Spirituality.  In the exposition, ‘Garbage Patch Kids?’, author Karthik Sonty discusses the severe effects of human wastefulness.  The ‘Use and Toss’ culture, he refers to, thinks little of the energy cost in the creation of LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) and PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) when purchasing these disposable plastics.  Rather it is convenience and negligence, he posits, which guides their decisions.  A consequence on this rash consumerism is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a swirling pool of plastic rubbish accumulating in the Northern Pacific Gyre.  This area, roughly the size of Texas, is the accumulating point for much of the ocean’s plastic litter.  The detrimental effects of this dump are now being seen as small fish, birds, and turtles are eating the plastic remnants, thus giving an entryway for hazardous material into the world’s food system.  Though Sonty states that there are few feasible solutions to the cleaning the patch, the biggest necessity at the moment is a change in buying habits. An effort towards buying reusable items is integral in this shift towards sustainability.