Plastics break down into smaller and smaller bits until they become microscopic, but they never completely degrade. In other words, petroleum-based plastics never go away. The term “break down” can be applied not only to plastics but to the coronavirus crisis as well. How can we leverage the break down in life as we knew it to revitalize systems while putting people and planet first—and how can we ensure that the lessons learned stay with us forever?
(The broken down pieces of plastic used to make Break Down were all found on North County San Diego beaches.)
- One million plastic bottles are opened every minute around the world, and it is estimated that “In California, five billion plastic caps end up polluting the environment annually.” As anyone who cleans beaches knows, caps are one of the most commonly found items during shoreline cleanups.—𝘼𝘾𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉 𝘼𝙇𝙀𝙍𝙏—ᗰᗩY TᕼE ᖴOᑌᖇTᕼ ᗷE ᗯITᕼ YOᑌ!—Mayday Flower༻࿌ 𝗕𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗯𝗹𝗼𝘄! 𝗟𝗲𝘁 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗮 𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗶𝘁’𝘀 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝗴𝗼!! ༻࿌Fire Breathing (Plastic) Dragon500 times more microplastic particles persist in Earth’s ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy. #earthday #planetorplastic #shoresweepEarth Rise on Earth Day #earthrise #earthday #thebluemarble #planetorplastic #shoresweepPeople around the world buy 20,000 bottles of water every second, which equals 1,000,000 per minute. Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year and only about 23% were recycled. The vast majority went to landfills or ended up polluting the environment like this one that washed up on the beach in Carlsbad.Too hot!Surfing into cleaner seas in Carlsbad!Marine Debris Mermaid🦖Action Alert - this Tuesday, April 5, the Carlsbad City Council will vote on whether to make single-use plastic foodware go the way of the dinosaurs... EXTINCT! 🦖Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!