Nearly Every Seabird on Earth Is Eating Plastic

2015-09-02 | National Geographic News

Commentary

Plastic is bad for the ecology. I don't think anyone would dispute this. Yet when we can no longer use natural products, like ivory to make useful and artistic items, what are we left with? Plastic. This ivory ban, if it is successful, will stop artists from recycling old ivory piano keys, pool balls, and broken carvings. It will prevent knife makers, cue makers and musical instrument crafters and repairmen from using one of the most beautiful and eco friendly materials out there, a material that has been utilized for as long as people have walked this planet. Hunters go to Africa and kill an elephant. In doing so they infuse much needed money into the local economy, feed whole tribes of people with the meat, leave them with skins that can be turned to leather and sold and he (the hunter) brings back the tusks to the States. Once that hunter passes away his estate can legally sell those tusks. Does it make sense to burn or crush and destroy that material, and instead use petroleum products to make plastic? Plastic that ends up in bird’s stomachs, our landfills and polluting our air? 

Plastic trash is found in 90 percent of seabirds. The rate is growing steadily as global production of plastics increases.

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