Two members of the Algalita Marine Research foundation have set out on a six week long journey in a raft from Long Beach to Hawaii. The raft floats on pontoons stuffed with 15,ooo plastic bottles wrapped in derelict fishing gear and is part of their continuing mission to educate the world about the growing dangers of plastic marine pollution.
Plastics are the fastest growing component of California's solid waste stream--production has doubled in the past 20 years and continues to expand. Furthermore, plastics essentially do not biodegrade. When littered, they leach toxins as they float through our watershed to the Ocean. Once in the marine environment, they slowly photodegrade into fine particles which are subsequently consumed by animals at the base of the food chain.
CAW and Plastics Waste Reduction
- CAW sponsored SB 1625 represents the number one recommendation of the Ocean Protection Council for reducing plastic marine debris.
- Learn more about CAW's Plastic Litter and Waste Reduction Campaign