More Standpipes & Drinking Fountains = Fewer Plastic Bottles
Take a walk along any beach in Barbados or anywhere in the world for that matter – and you’ll see the plastic rubbish washed up on the shore. Nets, flip-flops, water bottles, toys, bags, lines and so many fishing net floats.
Ask any mariner though, and you’ll be told that what we see on the shore is nothing compared with what’s out there in the sea. Ask any marine diesel mechanic about the increasing number of engines ruined by plastic blockages in the cooling system. Ask any marine biologist about the fish and bird kill by plastic.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States, there is a garbage patch made of floating plastic in the Pacific Ocean that covers an area twice the size of Texas. It’s called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
We can’t continue like this folks, around the world or on this island. Just look around Barbados at the plastic rubbish everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you go – to the remotest cove, gully or field – you’ll find this plastic garbage and much of it is plastic water and beverage bottles.
Filling your own bottle from the tap is one thing, tossing endless empty plastic bottles into landfills and the ocean is another.
Whatsay, friends? Could we, should we, restrict or ban the sale of disposable plastic water bottles in Barbados?
Here’s a few videos about plastic and the sea…
… and this one …