I discovered the most disturbing thing ever yesterday. I've become obsessed with it, because I literally do not understand how something this horrific can exist. Though I'm sure much of the green world is always aware of it, somehow it slipped my attention until now. This horror I speak of, of course, is the Pacific trash vortex, also referred to as the Pacific's "plastic soup" and the "garbage patch."
It's a mass of plastics and other trash that lies directly below the ocean's surface, creating a "soup" that spans an area estimated to be twice the size of the continental United States
And it's only getting bigger: only a couple of years ago, it was merely the size of Texas (ha!). Now, of course, it covers the Pacific from Hawaii to Japan.
What a disaster!
Basically, he realized that if plastic does degrade after 1000 years, there must be some microorganism that decomposes it. He studied microorganisms to see which decomposed plastic most efficiently, and interbred them until he found a combo that was able to degrade plastic bags by 43 percent in only six weeks -- crazy!
So, although I found out some horrific news, what with the trash vortex taking over the world and all, I was mollified by Daniel Burd's incredible discovery. Take the good with the bad, no? Clearly, there is still hope if people like Daniel keep working toward a solution! And man, do I ever hope there's a solution to this trash vortex ...