Finally had a chance to read this wonderful thread. I haven't seen Bag It yet, but I'm going to find it as soon as I can!
This discussion reminds me of the Story of Stuff, which someone upthread already linked to. It's worth another plug. http://www.storyofstuff.org/
. It's a short, free movie that's well worth the watch. Talks about how only a fraction (1%, I think) of consumer "stuff" actually gets recycled. I think the problem boils down to the fact that people just consume so much stuff! It's great that we do what we can, but I feel so helpless sometimes. I used to work at Walmart, and I was FLABBERGASTED at the amount of waste generated in the stockroom. For all the merchandise put out on the sales floor, there was at least 2-3x volume worth of packaging waste for the actual product. I worked in housewares and hardware, so I'm not sure how packaging grocery store stuff comes in. But the very act of consuming generates waste, which makes me feel helpless, cause I can't avoid buying at least food!
Someone also mentioned upthread the 4 R's - refuse, reuse, reduce and recycle. It's funny how you never hear about anything than "recycle." I guess cause "recycle" is the only one that encourages more consumption!
If anyone cares for more academic reading about the health of the oceans, I found this amazing article (which links to other amazing reading): http://www.fisherycrisis.com/CO2/predators.htm
. I found it by researching the author of this recent oped in the NYT on coral reefs: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/14/opini ... reefs.html
I'm kind of obsessed with climate change and environmental issues. I've seen those photos before of the plastics, plus similar ones like of this poor turtle: http://conservationreport.com/2009/04/2 ... stic-ring/
. It just hurts my heart when I think of what humans have done to this planet. But then I think, what else could we expect with almost 7 billion pairs of feet on the planet? What will be it like in 2050, when there may be 12 billion, as projected? Maybe we can't help ourselves - that we are just like any other species, who will overconsume their environments, if population growth is left unchecked. Like bacteria in a petri dish... sooner or later, they simply eat all the sugar... then... crash. [/end big downer rant]
I haven't read that plastic-free blog yet, but I'm very curious... maybe there's hope for this sorry world!