Without substantive recycling, in these ways or others, we perpetuate waste. Waste is excess. Excess is pollution. Pollution dirties our air, corrupts our land, fouls our water, poisons our ocean, and diminishes our future.
There are alternatives: ground apricot shells and cocoa beans are proposed as substitute natural exfoliates for the various products. But if the industry ignores the argument and resists product modification, there is as always the option to legislate a solution.
This year, President Obama issued an executive order to implement conservation-based management of our public seas, while marine researchers discovered an area in the Pacific containing 40 times more plastic than plankton.
Over the next few weeks, I will be posting emails directly from Captain Moore so we can follow his journey and better understand that the rapid rise in global plastic production is leading to a rise in plastic pollution and to devastating effects on our oceans and our lives.