The Flotsam Diaries

@FlotsamDiaries

See. Learn. Change. An ongoing project to see what happens when we look down at the sand around our feet, and really open our eyes.

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If disposable plastic products had warning labels on them, would there still be ocean garbage patches?

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If disposable plastic products had warning labels on them, would there will be ocean garbage patches?

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Imagine a world that had the courage to put this warning label on disposable plastic products.

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Cedar Key, FL trying hard to keep its lovely streets & parks clean if cigarette butts. With some success!

What makes me think the Nova Scotian crate I found at the beach last night floated in from the ocean? Oh, just a hunch.

Old plastic crate from LogTek, a fishing supply co in Nova Scotia, washed today into Saco Bay, ME, 210 miles away.

Washed-in Canadian lobster claw band gets 2nd life in sand castle tower. Bay View beach, Saco, ME. 9-13-11

Upcycling! From bathroom-vanity corner protectors to tea party lounge chairs.

Even ordering eat-in to avoid waste couldn't keep this big plastic tub of 13-paces-then-trashcan silliness off the tray

Since starting Year 2 on June 20, amt of trash picked up from two small stretches of beach in Maine: 1767 pieces.

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These NH treatment plant disks are found now Saco, ME - Narragansett Bay, RI. Anyone find one even further away?

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Example of plastics floating/sinking. #1 & #6 sink. But at depth, density rises, and these then become buoyant.

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Saco stormdrain outflow. Spewing garbage lazily into Saco River. Gutter -> drain -> river -> ocean. Straight shot.

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Some of the 3,000 cigarette butts the Surfrider Maine folks pulled off Old Orchard Beach this wknd. In one hour.

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Some of the lobster claw bands I've found. From vast ocean to my hand = hitting the lottery. I hit it each week.

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One of my stranger beach finds, a barnacle-laden plastic glob washed up July 9. What won't marine life stick to??

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Plastics industry says recycle more! But we can't handle what we do recycle. Most is already just dumped on China.

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Overpackaging --> marine plastic pollution. It's a straight line. Cukes don't need plastic wrap!!

One quiet corner of Maine yells out, "You cannot flush plastic away. There -is- no away."

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When you flush it "away," if it's plastic there is no "away." (Found June 23, Bay View beach, Saco, Maine.)

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