Friday, April 04, 2008

Surf Fridays!

Sometimes I like the combination of having serious facts mixed with something funny. So I wanted to share some facts I just learned from the amazing Surfrider Foundation, about plastic water bottles. Then end it with a very silly scene of Batman and the Joker surfing - from the 1967 episode, "Surf's Up, Joker's Under".

- Every piece of (petroleum-based) plastic ever manufactured still exists.

- Plastic in the ocean may be one of the most alarming of today's environmental stories. Plastics, like diamonds, are forever because plastics do NOT biodegrade - no naturally occurring organisms can break these polymers down.

- Over 300,000 pieces of plastic per square mile have been found in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean. Eighty percent of the plastic comes from land-based sources.

- 100,000 marine mammals and 2 millions sea birds die every year after ingesting or being caught in marine debris.

- Plastic is the most common type of marine litter world-wide.

- Americans consumed 50 billion plastic water bottles last year, 167 for each person, made of totally recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic. Recycling rate for PET is 23%, which means we pitch 38 billion watter bottles a year into landfills - more than $1 billion worth of plastic.

- North Americans spent $15,000,000,000 on water in plastic bottles last year ($46,000,000,000 spent globally).

- Bottled water has massive hidden costs; think about the process to enable a New Yorker to drink water from Fiji.

Alternatives to plastic water bottles?
- Aluminum bottles (such as these pretties)
- Multi-use plastic bottles (like this cool one)
- Other bottle alternatives (like Klean Kanteen & Biota)

"But watch Batman trimming!"
"Batman's doing a nose pullout!"


Anonymous said...

The first time I ever got into a fight was during kindergarten. A kid named Troy was giving my friend Nathan (much smaller) a really hard time. When I punched Troy in the face I remember being highly disappointed the words "KAPOW!" "SMASH!" and "BAM!" did not fly out from my fists or from his head.

Batman ruled! and he needs to come back and take care of all this pesky plastic. "ROAR!!!!"

Jessica said...

Very sobering and yet, oddly exciting to find out Sigg bottles can be customized. I have long coveted a Sigg but did not like the screw top, therefore have resisted. Ah, my defenses are weak now, weak!

Cally said...

great post, great blog!
thanks for leaving a comment at mine.
i enjoyed reading the interview with you at LSW blog just now. you totally have a california vibe about you, even though you lived so many places.

i was in california for 6 years on and off, it gets into you and stays, all that bright goodness, even when you move away. it was amazing for me to be back there last month, 20 years since leaving. so mcu had changed, but the essential feeling of the place was the same.

i love your local cars project - i have a similar thing with letter boxes, house numbers, windows (long list, i'll stop now). there is something nice about collections of images like that.

sulu-design said...

Thanks for the info on plastics - I had no idea...
And your film clip gave me a good hearty laugh this morning. I can't believe stuff like this was ever created in seriousness!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comment on my bloggy! I hope your green drinks turn out delicious and nutritious! Seriously, throw in anything and it should work. Just don't expect it to taste like a Jamba Juice.... ;) (it will taste better with a lot less sugar) Happy Blending!

Danimal said...

Good call on the Sigg water bottles! I have had one for almost a year now. I have been carrying it around at work and people notice it and ask questions...then they buy one because they are rad!