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  • The Global Oil Spill | Plastic Free Ocean
    living thing including us humans and our pets and livestock Perhaps the most worrisome compounds are the xenoestrogens and other endocrine disrupting compounds against which neither plant nor animal immune systems can provide any defense Even the tiniest concentrations of these compounds can be extremely dangerous just as they are when they migrate from plastic containers into our foods and drinks All filter feeders from tiny corals and jellyfish to giant whales consume plastic Predatory feeders mistake bits of plastic for prey species If no action is taken at some point plastic in the marine food chain could reach an environmental tipping point It is hard to believe that plastic the ubiquitous convenience to which we are so addicted has become life threatening The situation is serious and urgent but it is actionable by every one of us You can easily reduce your plastic footprint while protecting your own and your family s health You can take smart effective consumer and political action For some examples see the Take Action section Main menu Home Photo Video Galleries Donate About Us Events Research News Take Action Contact Next year s Ocean Research Crossing Adventure will combine the most challenging ultra endurance event ever attempted and the most important environmental research of the decade Connect to PFO Become a Mission Supporter Check out the photo and video galleries Read the research news articles The more you know the more you will care and the more you will be able to do to protect wildlife your health and the global environment Join us now The Cause Plastic filled ocean A 100 human caused disaster Plastic free ocean A 100 human accomplishable goal Click here to read about the plastic threat and what you can do about it Research News Links Click here for

    Original URL path: http://www.plasticfreeocean.org/node/42 (2015-03-27)
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  • 6 reasons to change the common thinking | Plastic Free Ocean
    and containing millions of tons of disposed plastic waste Our ongoing failure at this task visits horrible suffering and death on millions of animals especially marine species and threatens reproductive processes throughout the food chain and even in humans Here are 6 reasons to change the common thinking and to redirect a substantial amount of our concerns and efforts from climate change to reducing non durable uses of plastics and cleaning up the world s oceans Plastics on a worldwide basis are measurably and observably killing and causing tremendous suffering to far more wildlife right now than any other environmental problem Though not yet proved unequivocally it is extremely likely that plastic breakdown byproducts xenoestrogens are reducing marine species reproduction rates throughout the food chain right now and possibly terrestrial species as well Plastic waste in the ocean breaks down into tiny suspended particles that act as sponges for the most dangerous water borne toxins and carcinogens PCBs pesticides pharmaceutical chemicals and more which are in addition to the plastics own harmful compounds Plastic particles bond these compounds into the global food chain affecting almost every living thing Plastics are dramatically affecting human health all over the world right now in both initial usage and through the effects of environmental waste Plastics threats and effects are directly actionable right now with predictable and measurable results The effects of human actions to address climate change are still theoretical and not predictable Manufacturing of disposable plastics has a giant carbon footprint that can be more feasibly and practically reduced than most other possible contributors to climate change double benefit None of this is meant to imply that we should stop studying climate change and trying to reduce carbon emissions Regional air quality issues alone justify the latter But from an environmental triage perspective plastics are where we should be focusing more attention and resources right now With very few exceptions the use of non durable and especially single use plastic products is a totally unnecessary addiction to small conveniences and packaging appearance This addiction is supported by a very profitable plastics industry with a strong well organized political lobby It is a significant obstacle that unlike climate change initiatives there is no profit to be made or political power to be gained in reducing the use of plastics Your voice your consumer choices and your contributions to the cause can make a big difference right now For some examples of what you can do see the Take Action section Main menu Home Photo Video Galleries Donate About Us Events Research News Take Action Contact Next year s Ocean Research Crossing Adventure will combine the most challenging ultra endurance event ever attempted and the most important environmental research of the decade Connect to PFO Become a Mission Supporter Check out the photo and video galleries Read the research news articles The more you know the more you will care and the more you will be able to do to protect wildlife your health

    Original URL path: http://www.plasticfreeocean.org/node/40 (2015-03-27)
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  • Paddle 2010 Route is now on Google Earth | Plastic Free Ocean
    a Mission Supporter Check out the photo and video galleries Read the research news articles The more you know the more you will care and the more you will be able to do to protect wildlife your health and the global environment Join us now The Cause Plastic filled ocean A 100 human caused disaster Plastic free ocean A 100 human accomplishable goal Click here to read about the plastic threat and what you can do about it Research News Links Click here for titles and links to studies news and articles Looking Ahead This coming July Tom Jones will do a 500 mile SUP event circumnavigating Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia This event will be to benefit the Safe Surfin Foundation which protects children from Internet predators and will also help raise funds for next year s paddle across the open Pacific from California to Hawaii ORCA Expedition to launch April 2013 Tom Jones will standup paddle across the open Pacific from California to Hawaii directly through the Northern pacific Gyre The accompanying support and research vessel will be the home for a scientific team from one of the world s leading marine science institutions for more than four

    Original URL path: http://www.plasticfreeocean.org/node/29 (2015-03-27)
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    Original URL path: http://www.plasticfreeocean.org/sites/plasticfreeocean.org/files/paddle_2010.kmz (2015-03-27)
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  • Follow Plastic Free Ocean & Paddle 2010 | Plastic Free Ocean
    more Unlike many other causes the problems with plastics are 100 caused by human action and can be 100 resolved by human action This is a cause that is immediately and directly actionable Plastic Free Ocean is a 501 c 3 public charity that relies on personal contributions Your help is needed to support effective action to address the threats build awareness educate consumers and businesses about safe alternatives and practices pursue smart and effective political action and sponsor and coordinate the research and activities required to clean up recoverable plastic waste that already pollutes ocean and tidal environments worldwide Main menu Home Photo Video Galleries Donate About Us Events Research News Take Action Contact Next year s Ocean Research Crossing Adventure will combine the most challenging ultra endurance event ever attempted and the most important environmental research of the decade Connect to PFO Become a Mission Supporter Check out the photo and video galleries Read the research news articles The more you know the more you will care and the more you will be able to do to protect wildlife your health and the global environment Join us now The Cause Plastic filled ocean A 100 human caused disaster Plastic free ocean A 100 human accomplishable goal Click here to read about the plastic threat and what you can do about it Research News Links Click here for titles and links to studies news and articles Looking Ahead This coming July Tom Jones will do a 500 mile SUP event circumnavigating Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia This event will be to benefit the Safe Surfin Foundation which protects children from Internet predators and will also help raise funds for next year s paddle across the open Pacific from California to Hawaii ORCA Expedition to launch April 2013 Tom Jones

    Original URL path: http://www.plasticfreeocean.org/node/17 (2015-03-27)
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  • Ernie Alvarez | Plastic Free Ocean
    team in Puerto Rico including Camille Splain and Arkboards regional manager Carlos Macias urge businesses and individuals to get on board by sponsoring and contributing to Plastic Free Ocean Arkboards is an Event Support Sponsor and Event Product Sponsor of Plastic Free Ocean Main menu Home Photo Video Galleries Donate About Us Events Research News Take Action Contact Next year s Ocean Research Crossing Adventure will combine the most challenging ultra endurance event ever attempted and the most important environmental research of the decade Connect to PFO Become a Mission Supporter Check out the photo and video galleries Read the research news articles The more you know the more you will care and the more you will be able to do to protect wildlife your health and the global environment Join us now The Cause Plastic filled ocean A 100 human caused disaster Plastic free ocean A 100 human accomplishable goal Click here to read about the plastic threat and what you can do about it Research News Links Click here for titles and links to studies news and articles Looking Ahead This coming July Tom Jones will do a 500 mile SUP event circumnavigating Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia This event will be to benefit the Safe Surfin Foundation which protects children from Internet predators and will also help raise funds for next year s paddle across the open Pacific from California to Hawaii ORCA Expedition to launch April 2013 Tom Jones will standup paddle across the open Pacific from California to Hawaii directly through the Northern pacific Gyre The accompanying support and research vessel will be the home for a scientific team from one of the world s leading marine science institutions for more than four months at sea Check out the events section for details on this

    Original URL path: http://www.plasticfreeocean.org/node/23 (2015-03-27)
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  • Repeat after me: "No more plastic bottles" | Plastic Free Ocean
    a company pretends like something they are doing is environmentally friendly markets themselves as such but they are most definitely not But why are plastic bottles so bad We can recycle them right Plastic is made from oil I say this all of the time but plastic is largely made from oil a finite resource that is getting more expensive and more rare 3 fl oz of oil are required to make every plastic bottle With 28 billion bottles manufactured in the US last year we re talking 645 million gallons of oil Plastic is difficult to recycle Even though US consumers have taken to newspaper and aluminum recycling plastic production continues to outpace plastic recycling at a pace of 5 to 1 Why is it so hard to recycle plastic For starters those numbers on the bottoms of your plastic jugs represent different formulas of plastic When you melt aluminum to recycle it into cans all of the aluminum melts the same and can be mixed up in one big vat When you melt plastic unless it shares the same number and thus the same formula it just won t stick together So plastic needs to be sorted either in homes which is hard or at recycling facilities which is also hard Also because plastic containers commonly contain dye and additives they become less reusable than other materials we recycle Bottled water is a HUGE scam 1 It s usually tap water It is no safer than what your sink gives you 2 It s way more expensive than out of the tap 3 It takes five liters of water to make the one liter of bottled water Still in 2004 more bottled water was consumed in the US than coffee and beer combined 70 million bottles PER DAY I m quitting Diet Coke right now It s been a rough couple of days the cravings are pretty bad and I m having to regularly dose with ibuprofen to ease my throbbing head I need to make sure I don t get dehydrated so I am going to invest in a good water bottle A good water bottle can come with me to the gym to the airport and on the go so I never have to buy plastic again There s a lot of active debate on which water bottles are the safest and greenest but SIGG water bottles come highly recommended from several green sources A percentage of their profits go to environmental organizations They also make great bottles for kids too I m going to pick one up Main menu Home Photo Video Galleries Donate About Us Events Research News Take Action Contact Next year s Ocean Research Crossing Adventure will combine the most challenging ultra endurance event ever attempted and the most important environmental research of the decade Connect to PFO Become a Mission Supporter Check out the photo and video galleries Read the research news articles The more you know the more you will

    Original URL path: http://www.plasticfreeocean.org/node/22 (2015-03-27)
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  • The Garbage Patch | Plastic Free Ocean
    you will be able to do to protect wildlife your health and the global environment Join us now The Cause Plastic filled ocean A 100 human caused disaster Plastic free ocean A 100 human accomplishable goal Click here to read about the plastic threat and what you can do about it Research News Links Click here for titles and links to studies news and articles Looking Ahead This coming July Tom Jones will do a 500 mile SUP event circumnavigating Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia This event will be to benefit the Safe Surfin Foundation which protects children from Internet predators and will also help raise funds for next year s paddle across the open Pacific from California to Hawaii ORCA Expedition to launch April 2013 Tom Jones will standup paddle across the open Pacific from California to Hawaii directly through the Northern pacific Gyre The accompanying support and research vessel will be the home for a scientific team from one of the world s leading marine science institutions for more than four months at sea Check out the events section for details on this incredible ultra endurance challenge and ocean breaking research on new threats discovered in plastic waste

    Original URL path: http://www.plasticfreeocean.org/node/21 (2015-03-27)
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