plastic pollution

‘Apocalyptic’ Island of Waste in the Maldives

This is not “Waste Management”, this is dumping and burnig.

Maldives

The Maldives are known as an unspoilt, paradise island destination for upmarket tourists but the BBC’s Simon Reeve has paid a visit to a part of the Maldives that tourists do not see – a huge island waste dump.

He was accompanied by local conservationist Marie Saleem who explained how the country struggles with waste management.

The Maldives’ government told the BBC they were looking at ways to tackle their waste problem.

From BBC.

Video: Plastic State of Mind

With the millions of videos hoping to get you to better understand the perils of plastic to both our health and our environment, we’ve work to find and share the best ones we can (see some of them  here, here and here). This video today, Plastic State of Mind, is really impressive in the fresh beats it brings to the plastic bag issue.

Plastic State of Mind – OFFICIAL from Ben Zolno on Vimeo.

It’s not just plastic bags that are a hazard to our health and our environment, but it is one small difference you can make. Now, do you still use single-use plastic bags? If so, do you recycle? If not, how do you remember to bring your reusable bags?

The Cost of Plastics in Our Oceans

There are so many organizations helping to raise the awareness of the damage done by plastics to our health and our environment. Our friends at the Surfrider Foundation, have a great Rise Against Plastics campaign, asking folks to pledge an effort to end their use of single-use plastics.  What we had to share though, was this creative and compelling video that, in a very simple way, shows the damage to marine life of plastics in our oceans.

What other great projects have you heard about?

The Plastic Bag Gets Its Own Mockumentary

Check out this ‘mockumentary’ narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons on the path of the disposable plastic bag.

STOP Set to Launch, Builds Community

Today, while reading The Economist, I found about a new nonprofit organization working to prevent plastic pollution in the marine environment (that’s the oceans).  Science & Technology against Ocean Plastics (STOP) is set to launch in 14 days, you can sign up to become part of the community here: http://www.stopoceanplastics.org/page/Signup. Or consider attending the upcoming STOP Live Conference being held this June in Los Angeles, Calif.   I’ll be certain to follow the foundations efforts and share the solutions they (and the community) develop.