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Overall a great read and I couldn't agree more with this thought: "each purchase should be a moral decision that takes into account the life cycle of all the materials in your shopping basket..."
So, if you want to get into the excitement of the book skip to Chapter Six.
By the way, Apple's Steve Jobs is not idolized in this book because he--and others--were pushing iPods (a new one each year) "containing a myriad of toxic metals as well as waning resources like copper and oil [and, of course, there's plastic]--innovation and [non]disposability join hands for one reason: profit" (p. 96).
This is, of course, a non-fiction book. So, I will relate it to you via quotes that will, hopefully, shake you up as much as they did me:
Page 135: "More food processing means more food packaging, mostly plastic."
Page 139: "In this topsy-turvy world, what cheers investors bring environmentalists to tears."
Page 149: "Plastics are winning and are predicted to overtake paper as the reigning packaging material by 2014."
Page 150-1: "We need to stop cultivating innovation for its own sake and start thinking MORALLY [emphasis mine] and ecologically about the innovations we embrace. Is it worth trashing the planet? Each purchase should be a moral decision."
Page 152: In the north central Pacific waters is a place referred to as "Plastic Stew." But plastic is ubiquitous in many places in the ocean.
Page 157: "Albatross chicks by the tens of thousands perish each year, stuffed by their well-meaning parents with plastic non-food"--that comes from both land and water vessels.Read more ›
And, although the information contained in the book has frightening implications for the planet, the book is not a downer. Moore presents real solutions from personal to policy level (not silly ideas like using huge nets to remove trash from the oceans). The reader can leave feeling not just informed but empowered. And, as everyone knows, the first step to solving a problem is acknowledging it.
Here in California, Capt. Moore's work is already having an effect - single use plastic bags have been banned in many cities, the ubiquitous single use plastic water bottle of the "healthy crowd" is largely replaced by stainless steel reusable bottles, enlightened restaurants are using biodegradable take-out containers made of sugar cane pulp. These are the first small steps in a long journey, but thanks in large part to Capt. Moore, the journey has begun.
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`Plastic Ocean` is an Earth Science written by authors Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips. The topic is the oceans `plastic soup`, the largest garbage dump on the planet. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M_ Fitzgerald
My wife said I would get depressed ! It's catastropic that it,s to our oceans . The old adage Out of sight out of mind . Read morePublished 7 months ago by jooseph eshbach
A real treat to read. It is well written and truly tells the problem we are facing not only with our ocean food supply but also with the world's oxygen supply.Published 11 months ago by Carol Streamer
So much information that we need to know. We Americans are natural idealists, and many of us have always thought the ocean is forever... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Christine Brown
A highly worthy book that does a great job of sounding the alarm on the peril of plastics in our oceans. Read morePublished 21 months ago by M. Litton
I sent this book to a prisoner who is a huge advocate of protection our oceans, forests, streams, lakes and more. He found this author an amazing man and has read the book twice. Read morePublished 23 months ago by magic
While the writing is at times redundant, the information is rock solid and comprehensive. Moore's book goes from outrage over ruining the Earth's last pristine frontier with the... Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by Stacey mowchan