Little trash that is a big problem.
A big problem for California condors, a species rescued from the brink of extinction.
Microtrash and the California Condor from Jeff McLoughlin on Vimeo.
A problem so big that there are entire Pinterest boards devoted to it:
What is micro trash? Candy wrappers. Cigarette butts. Plastic baggies. Microtrash is small bits of plastic left when bigger plastic gets broken into smaller pieces. Bottle caps. Drink can tabs. Glass.
A problem for creatures living 4000 miles from the nearest continent. A problem because it can strongly resemble something good to eat - and good to feed chicks in the nest.
MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.
Be the Change.
Here is the result of a 60 minute walk down the beach, collected two weeks ago by my husband and me.
|Don't be fooled by the water bottles and mylar balloon. Most of the trash in these bags was smaller than my palm and thin as a sheet of paper.|
|If a bird or fish saw this floating in seawater, it would look a lot like a tasty minnow, wouldn't it?|
Our haul looks insignificant compared to the magnitude of the problem, but every piece of micro trash we collected is never going to be eaten by an animal now.
If you see micro trash while hiking or walking the dog or enjoying the beach or freshwater, will you pick it up? If you hear of a local volunteer cleanup, could you consider participating?
The problem is so big, reusable containers are marketed to recreational fishermen:
"Preserving the natural beauty of our streams and rivers is every angler's responsibility." - Stone River Outfitters
|Stone River Outfitters|
I found a neat blog post about making a reusable micro trash container from a cashew container. The blog is called Drifting the Prairie Ocean Outdoor Journal: The Sustainable Fly Fisher, and I have to say that his container for collecting micro trash while out and about turned out to be very attractive. Check it out for yourself - click here! Maybe you will be inspired to make something for micro trash collection too.
Be The Change For Animals: Dispose of Microtrash