TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together. They are currently all about their REFUSE campaign regarding the Great Pacific garbage patch disaster. It's so easy to just throw our plastic bags away, throw anything away really and not think about where the stuff is going. We NEED to think about it! Our trash is killing everything. ARGHHHH!!!
In the past few years, the world has taken notice of the Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, a gyre of trash estimated to be at a minimum the size of the state of Texas and possibly as large at the United States. 90% of this trash patch is comprised of plastic.
The REFUSE Campaign is urging all of us to remember to follow the four R's :
Refuse- Say NO to single-use / disposable plastics! Take your tote bags to the store!
Reduce- Buy in bulk, avoid plastic packaging and containers, and look for products and packaging made from renewable resources.
Reuse- Reuse containers made out of glass and stainless steel (these are nontoxic).
Recycle- Recycle what you can't refuse, reduce or reuse. Recycling is a last option because it uses energy.