Jun 17 - Boat Made of Plastic Bottles to Sail the Pacific

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.

Listen to the piece from NPR>>

 

CAW and Plastics Waste Reduction