"This plastic goes down a foot deep. At one time these were toothbrushes, pens, cigarette lighters, plastic bottles, plastic caps, but now they're plastic fragments and pre-production plastic pellets, together forming a new kind of sand: plastic sand here on the beaches of Hawaii"...Unfortunately BBC videos are not embeddable, and this one hasn't been reposted on YouTube as far as I can tell. Please view the video at the site - it is unutterably saddening for those who love the ocean and our planet.
This is the place where Hawaiians came to find bodies of people who were lost at sea. Nowadays, this beach is where we come to find what our throw-away society has done to the environment."
I have previously posted an item at Neatorama entitled "Death by Plastic" with photos of albatross and seabird carcasses engorged with plastic, and one here of plastic retrieved from a fledgling. Some blogreaders called these posts b.s. I also posted this indescribably horrifying video of plastic heading out to sea from a Romanian river. I'll keep posting these items, because what we are doing to our oceans is nothing short of criminal.