More Poop on Plastic. Like we need more? Are we plastic people?

Plastic Planet for your viewing dis-pleasure. Thanks to Pan AfricanMarkets for posting this video on the tubes of you.

Ready for some sublime scenery and some serious information about our plastic addiction? Oh, for your informed viewing–some images may be distressing. So might the information provided.  Consider that plastic pollution could be a new form of population control–yes, I mean the human population.

What can I say? I have no love for plastics. Yet it’s tough to get away from them. We’re surrounded by this material in our current modern world.  It’s in so many things and it’s everywhere: oceans, forests, deserts–and in the air. Probably in space too. Imagine a plastic garbage dump floating up there among the stars between us and the moon. What a sight.

Have you considered giving the children in your world some dirt, sticks, stones and water to play with instead of plastic toys?

If the production of plastic is soooo safe then why do the companies that create it not want to have the process filmed?

Anyone out there ever spent time in chemistry lab in college? Remember the smells? Ever play with plastic polymers and other fun things? Ever get an awful headache while there?  Ever wonder why?

I think we’re going to need a lot more than Stephen Glassman’s bamboo billboards to clean up our habitat.  Anyone have ideas on how to deal with the problem of plastic? Could we all go cold turkey to deal with plastic? What can we do with all the plastic we’ve already got? If you’ve got info on this issue, please post it–or links to it. Thank you.

The Artist at Exit o’ Riverblog features art and images from the Falls of the Ohio River. The Artist creates art from objects found along the riverbanks–and he has inventories of all sorts of plastic items he’s found there over the years. Al has quite a way with styrofoam, words, and photography. Visit his Riverblog for another view of the plastic–and human trash–issue.  http://artistatexit0.wordpress.com/

Imagine a world with LESS plastic. What materials have been and could be used to replace plastics? There was life before plastic. There was commerce before plastic. There were “containers” for storing food and water before plastic.  We can live without creating more plastic–if we make a choice to do so.

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10 Comments

  1. slpmartin said,

    November 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Several years ago I took a trip down the Amazon River in Peru…near it’s headwaters during the rainy season…as I traveled down the river…I was shocked by all the plastic bottles floating along the river…so very sad.

    • November 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Charles, where haven’t you been on this planet? Hmm? You’re like the wind–everywhere. I think seeing all those plastic bottle floating in the Amazon would have been very very distrubing.

  2. November 29, 2012 at 4:29 am

    My plan…hours ago, was to catch up on your blog. I haven’t got past this post and haven’t done anything else other than eat a quick supper. I have an unusually good internet connection this evening and was able to watch the video through. I also spent some time perusing the intriguing blog you linked to. (I also have many photos of garbage, but in the bush and not so creative.) I have seen the dissection of plastic-gutted birds and sea mammals. I have read about early-onset female puberty in remote rainforests.

    It is an issue close to my heart and I had not seen the film, so thank you for all of it. Plastic is indeed ubiquitous and unavoidable. The very word, ‘synthetic’ is unpleasant to me. It’s about rampant consumerism on one hand and a dangerous disconnect from nature on the other. We need to stop buying so much ‘stuff’, be thoughtful when we do make purchases and think about what, how where things are discarded. It’s sad how people are too busy to do things the ‘long way’ (so buy the short-cuts) and the only reason they’re so busy is so that they can pay for all the short-cuts they ‘have to’ buy.

    • November 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Hello Cindy. I hope all the time you spent just with this post has been time well invested. Did exploring Al’s Riverblog give you any notions about how to employ your photos of garbage to some effect? Or any other ideas?
      I’ve come across quite a number of films regarding plastics and other pollution. When I found this one by Werner Boote it really drew me in with his calm narration, his personal connection the develpment of plastic, the scenes of incredible beauty and garbage, the interviews with scientists and John Taylor. It’s a film that lets the information sink in deeply and therefore is worth the time to watch.
      We are in agreement regarding the “synthetic” element and the “must buy” culture.

      • December 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        I suspect I’ll continue to collect what garbage I find and otherwise attempt to look past it. It ‘interrupts’ the wilderness experience so I can’t imagine ever wanting to spend more time with it than necessary. I have often thought of using the photos to incorporate a little anti-littering propaganda into my library classes but haven’t figured out how to legitimately do so…yet. If I were a teacher I would get the kids out there – get them to feel that connectedness without their trail-scraping machines and tree-breaking tools. They need that before they can empathize with my sadness at discovering garbage in the bush.

  3. pixilated2 said,

    December 4, 2012 at 4:48 am

    In the early 70’s I briefly worked in a plastic factory. The smell was atrocious. I read somewhere that the chemicals emitted from the process caused cancer of the liver (if I am remembering correctly). It scared me so bad I quit. Recently, I saw a clip about albatross’s eating plastic they find in the vicinity of the Midway Atoll. The birds are dying of it. It was pathetic. Plastic is insidious. We drop a bit here, a bit there, and it seems so little, of no consequence, until it collects and is eaten by an innocent bird. If you can stand to look, then the article can be found here: http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/2009/10/23/victims-of-the-pacific-trash-gyre/

    Thank you for visiting and liking my blog today. ~Lynda

    • pixilated2 said,

      December 4, 2012 at 4:53 am

      I neglected to mention you have an amazing blog site. Following!

    • December 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Hello pixilatedz! Welcome to my blogcasa.
      So you’ve had some first hand experience with a plastic factory. I’ve yet to have come across anyone who ever enjoyed such a workplace. You’re quite on target about wildlife consuming plastic and it destroying them. I wonder if humans would stop leaving their plastic everywhere if human chidren ate it and died from it.
      Much appreciate your visit.

  4. December 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I’m behind in everything, but wanted to say thank you for plugging my art! Yes, plastic is now everywhere. We don’t even fully know what the toxicity is because chemical recipes are trade secrets.


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