Trash Islands

They say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Well, according to the major news outlets today, many trash/treasure islands are forming in our oceans as a result of countries (especially the United Stated) creating dump sites under water. There is supposedly a large mass of trash somewhere between Hawaii and California.

The thought of our waste intentionally being deposited in our oceans makes me ill. First of all, what have the oceans done to us to deserve such treatment. There is no telling what harm all of that junk is having on the ocean’s inhabitants. Secondly, most of what Americans throw away is recyclable/reusable in some way. The day will come when we will be forced to mine our landfills for the resources we so carelessly disposed of. The ocean with its salt isn’t going to preserve those resources as well as dirt may.

It really is astounding how little thought we humans give to our planet’s finite resources. We consume without any regard for the future. We dispose without any concern of consequence. It’s not like the message isn’t out there. There are programs designed to educate citizens on how to protect and preserve. Recycling centers, pick-up programs and bins are more plentiful. Yet still, you will see people throw something recyclable in a trash can that is 10 steps away from a recycle bin. I don’t get it. Throwing away recyclable materials gives me the same feeling as throwing trash out my car window. How is it any different than littering in the grand scheme of things?

6 Responses to “Trash Islands”

  1. Steven Fenger says:

    So when are you switching to cloth diapers?

  2. lisa says:

    Ha! Touche’! That is definitely my sin against mother nature. Although, having kids in general is taxing. I imagine all of the chemicals used to clean those cloth diapers aren’t much better.

    By the way, there had better not be any of those Glad leftover containers on trash island! :-)

  3. Beth says:

    Gosh, lisa, you make me feel guilty!

    I was trying to remember where I read this article about how little help it is to do any recycling unless it’s on a huge global scale since the pittley amount being done now nowhere near helps.
    It wsn’t saying it didn’t need to be done. Just on a much larger scale.

    How would we ever get it done? What a massive undertaking.

    I tried cloth diaper. What a job. I thought I could really do it but it was too much.

  4. Beth says:

    Hey, lisa! I tagged you for a meme.

    Here are the rules:
    1. Write your own six word memoir.
    2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like.
    3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post.
    4. Tag five more blogs with links.
    5. And don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!

    I’ll be back…

  5. adverbia says:

    Lisa, you’ve got me inspired. We’ve done away with paper towels at home. OMG what a difference in our garbage! I had no idea how much of that stuff we were going through in a given week (10 rolls!). We’ve gone back to good old dishrags. Bleach is a wonderful thing.

  6. Holly says:

    I was just thinking this morning about how much we are doing to destroy our earth. How arrogant we are to think we can cause such a disaster to the earth that gives us life. ugh.