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The swirling ocean currents conspire to aggregate trash that doesn't biodegrade (i.e. plastic) into a giant soupy mass of environmental pain. Page by Shea Gunther
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So what can we do about it?
On a small scale, we can stop buying so much non-biodegradable, "disposable" junk. Here's a Better Farm challenge for you: Go one week without purchasing anything disposable. Bring mesh bags for produce at the store. Juice your own fruits. Reuse cardboard egg containers at a local farm. Invest in a Zippo instead of a Bic. Compost your cardboard, newspaper, and junk mail. See if you can do it.
On a semi-small scale, keep a few garbage bags in the trunk of your car. When you see trash in a parking lot, on a sidewalk, or in the road (especially at this time of year, when snow is melting to reveal all sorts of treasures and water is washing into creeks, streams, lakes, rivers, and oceans), pick it it up! Contributing to landfills isn't ideal, so obviously recycle what you can. But a designated landfill is still better than polluting waterways and soil.
On a large scale, petition local businesses, restaurants, and friends to take on the challenge of ditching the planned obsolescence of disposable stuff, and opting for reusable or biodegradable items. Cardboard takeout containers alone can make a big difference in harmful, non-biodegradable wastes being produced by local eateries.
Whether humans can act fast enough to prevent irreversible oceanic damage remains to be seen; but at Better Farm, we believe each tiny action spurs infinite ripples. And for each piece of garbage we can keep out of the oceans, we believe there's a turtle, gull, or fish somewhere living a little bit easier.
Got great tips for preventing (and solving) the world's garbage problem? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.