Single-use plastic bag bans aren’t the end of the world, as the plastic lobby would have us believe.
They do, however, prevent wastes from floating to the end of the world.
Plastic bags are made to last forever, yet they are marketed for single use. Ironic? Perhaps. Problematic? Definitely. Especially for those places where even that single use has never been put into affect the oceans and remote shorelines of the world. Here, plastic is not made, bought or sold. It simply arrives. And never leaves.
Throughout October and culminating on November 6th, some of the world’s experts and motivated activists on plastic pollution and marine conservation will be presenting their stories in a worldwide TEDx event: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But, their focus stretches beyond the Pacific to encompass the global nature of this modern crisis. Already, the videos posted present some disturbing perspectives on just how prevalent and persistent this problem has become.