Reblogging: We are what we eat


Anna over at Bring Your Own is one of the first green bloggers I started to follow when I launched everydaytrash over two years ago now.  BYO focuses on our disposible culture and its consequences.  It was through trading links with blogs like BYO that I came to the self-realization that my own blog had an environmental—and not just political and artistic—theme.   Anyway, Anna took a short break from updating BYO last summer in order to sail accross the Pacific Ocean on JUNK, a ship made of plastic bottles.  The stories she and her colleagues returned with are both fascinaitng and devastating.  Check out this post on the growing problem of plastic winding up in the bellies of fish.  Here’s a photo ripped from that post, click through for the full thing complete with a video from the ship.


While the photo is kind of gross, I find the rainbow of plastic bits morbidly pretty.  Someone should make awareness-raising jewelry out of this stuff, like post-apocalyptic pearls.  Or maybe not.  Wouldn’t want to start a for-profit plastic fish frenzy.  Just from eyeballing the fragments in this sample, it looks like this fish ate pieces of over a dozen different plastic things that ended up floating in the ocean.  It’s strange to imagine where those bits started out: action figures, food containers, toothpaste caps…

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4 Responses to “Reblogging: We are what we eat”

  1. esther Says:

    It’s really amazing to see, first of all that the fish (and other sea animals) even eat this stuff (must look like stuff they usually eat???) and second that this IS even in the ocean…that people just throw this over board?!

  2. everydaytrash Says:

    Or leave it on beaches where it gets washed away.

  3. Jennifer Says:

    From what I’ve read of this issue, the photodegradation of plastic occurs in the water, the ocean in this case. The plastic bottle, toothbrush, or action figure breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces becoming more available to small sea creatures. More shocking is the fact that these pieces absorb toxins in the ocean, like pcbs and ddt. So as these pieces are ingested by fish, which are in turn eaten by bigger fish, the toxins bioaccumulate up the food chain. For more on this subject, check out “The World Without Us” by Alan Weisman, it is very illuminating.

  4. everydaytrash Says:

    Yuck. Thanks for the info, Jennifer. Great blog!

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