A recent viral video of a diver swimming through a sea of plastic is a stark reminder of what we are doing to the world’s oceans. We’ve been reporting on this issue since 2012, watching the development of a massive gyre of plastic forming in the Pacific Ocean, devastating wildlife in the Midway Atolls.
“About 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year. In the US alone, about 30+ million tons of plastic waste is dumped into the solid waste system, including various plastic containers, bags and other types of packaging, with only about 10% being recycled.” [Source]
Sadly the overuse of plastic has only continued, and while a few grassroots and localized efforts have inspired a small handful of retailers to experiment with a retail model that does not use plastic packaging, projections indicate that the problem…
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