22 Aug '11, 12pm
Ideas for cutting back on the plastic in your life by @greenUPGRADER
We talk a lot about plastic around here, from art made using reclaimed plastic to innovations in bioplastics. Plastic, especially single-use plastic, is an environmental nightmare. Sure, you can recycle most plastics, but each time you do you end up with a lower-quality plastic. Eventually, it's all landfill-bound, where it's basically never going to break down. But for used plastic that you can't recycle or reuse, the landfill is almost a best-case scenario. If it doesn't make it to the landfill, it washes into waterways and eventually makes its way into the ocean, contributing to one of the plastic gyres that litter the sea. On a recent trip to the Smithsonian Marine Research Station on Carrie Bow, professional photographer Laurie Penland ran across this floating mass of random plastics in the ocean and took some video from below. Meet the floating plastic monster: Looki...