by the Story of Stuff Project
We really challenge our eco-system – and that’s visible from space…
USA, Las Vegas
Left 1973, Right 2000; ©sueddeutsche.de
From 1950 to 2005 the number of inhibitants of Las Vegas has increased from 25.000 to over 1 million. Also the ground water level has decreased more than 1.5m because of the need for water to keep gulf courses etc (in a desert) green…
Left 1974, Right 2004; ©sueddeutsche.de
Green houses and plantations have taken the place of what was mostly nature. A lot of water is needed to grow food for the European Union..
First published: October 28th, 2016
First published: May 18th, 2014
Microplastics have been found everywhere in the ocean that people have looked, from sediments on the deepest seafloor to ice floating in the Arctic—which, as it melts over the next decade, could release more than a trillion bits of plastic into the water, according to one estimate. On some beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii, as much as 15 percent of the sand is actually grains of microplastic.
→ “We made plastic. We depend on it. Now we’re drowning in it.”
More than 40 percent of plastic is used just once, then tossed.
→ “10 shocking facts about plastic”
Ever wondered what you are chewing on?
Right: petrol-based plastic, which will need hundreds of years to degrade.
“Gum is made from plastic. […] After World War II, chemists learned to make synthetic rubber, which came to replace most natural rubber in chewing gum (e.g., polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate). […]
Where does (plastic) chewing gum go after it’s ABC (already been chewed)? Is it flushed down toilets? Washed down storm drains? Hmm… just one more source of non-biodegradable plastic in our oceans?”
In the image above you can see the “Gum Wall” in Seattle. Over a time period of 20 years people stuck over one billion chewing gums on it. (I’m sorry, but I can’t see how that’s cool in any way… it’s just gross!)
In 2015 the city of Seattle has begun to clean the wall, but chewing gums keep showing up:
→ “Seattles zäher Kampf gegen die Kaugummi-Wand” (welt.de in German)
Maybe rather chew Bio-Gum or even break the habit?
The “Chicza” chewing gums are 100% bio-degradable, vegan and gluten-free:
California plans to recycle 75% of its old tires by 2020, but there are still a lot of tires being shipped to Asia, where they are burnt in factories as a cheaper alternative to coal.
One could think that that is not Californias problem anymore, but a lot of studies show that pollution from China makes it across the Pacific Ocean and reduces the American air quality.
Pollution doesn’t know borders…