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Plastic Love

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by DWFII, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    For all those who think petro-chemical based goods(rubber soles, plastic/vinyl uppers, poly-viscose fabrics) are the next best thing to sliced bread....


    • Great Pacific Trash Vortex
    • Discovered in 1997 by Captain Charles Moore [Observer 8 Aug 10]
    • 2008: 45 kilos of trash per kilo of plankton [Observer 8 Aug 10]
    • [COLOR=FF0000]The floating dump covers an area one and a half time the size of the USA[/COLOR] [Observer 8 Aug 10]
    • Plastic constitutes 90 percent of all trash floating in the world's oceans [L.A. Times 2 Aug 06]
    • Every square kilometre of ocean hosts roughly 120,000 pieces of floating plastic [UN]
    • The world produced 300 billion pounds of plastic each year, about 10% ends up in the ocean, 70% of which eventually sinks [GreenPeace]
    • It has been estimated that over a million sea-birds and one hundred thousand marine mammals and sea turtles are killed each year by ingestion of plastics or entanglement. [Greenpeace]
    • 80 percent of ocean trash originates on land [L.A. Times 2 Aug 06]
    • The Eastern Garbage Patch floats between Hawaii and California (two times bigger than Texas)
    • The Western Garbage Patch forms east of Japan and west of Hawaii
    • Plastic does not biodegrade, no natural process can break it down

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    "Here's your sign:" :redx:
     
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  2. Stylego

    Stylego Senior member

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    Yeah, plastics do break down...eventually. UV degrades many of them...so, too does fire. So, technically there are natural processes that can decompose them.
     
  3. viator

    viator Senior member

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    How comforting.:sarcasm:
     
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  4. blackstone

    blackstone Well-Known Member

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    Floating dump!

    I am the only one that though it was a reference to shit?
     
  5. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    Three plastic cups in this image:


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  6. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    Woah, that guy is paddling around in the middle of the pacific ocean in that little canoe?

    Anyway, I was going to say, why wouldn't I want my shoes made of something that holds up like that? But the "garbage patch" doesn't quite match the popular image of it -- it's very dillute and made up of heavily degraded bits of plastic suspended under the water somewhere below the surface. They're like sand-grain sized or smaller--you can't even see it.
     
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  7. phoenixrecon

    phoenixrecon Senior member

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    i thought this was a doll thread... moving on.
     
  8. glenhein

    glenhein Active Member

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    Who cares? I girl that hot can hold anything she wants ;-)
     
  9. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Are you sure? At least two of those look completely organic, natural, biodegradable and locally grown...and I'm a dedicated loca-vore
     
  10. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    The gemming is hidden from view, but even an unskilled hand can detect it by touch.
     
  11. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Oh, that is truly disconcerting and disheartening! I'm not one to spread the misery but it is gemming...yes, it is...that holds the Great Pacific Trash Vortex together. Well, that and the petro-chemical cements that bind it.

    You see the connection don't you? It's good that I'm 66 and the VA won't prescribe little blue pills or I'd be near suicidal.

    But! Wait! There's a silver lining! Why can't some enterprising young feller scoop some of that up and recycle it to make gemming and petro-chemical cements?!!! Complete with toluene and MEK?! Garbage to garbage!

    It's brilliant!
     
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    Samovar McGee Senior member

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    Looks like you've stumbled upon my business plans, Mr. DW. I'm afraid I can't let you leave.
     
  13. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    Well, one reason is that we hope the island grows enough to allow it to be the site of the StyleForvm 15th Anniversary Meetup.

    So, taking any material away from it would be quixotic.
     
  14. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    How exciting! How fin de siecle! Puts me in mind of of the great adventurers of the past such as H.M Stanley; or writers such as William Golding and Albert Camus.

    But won't a lily pad one and a half times the size of the continental USA hold everyone for the gala event?

    You can surely rely on the integrity of the gemming and cement to hold everything together...even with the cases and cases of champagne acting as a subtle solvent..
     
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  15. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    Alas, no.

    5cm too small in diameter.
     
  16. PipersSon

    PipersSon Senior member

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    Gemma Arterton's not half bad to look at.....oh wait did you say gemming?
     
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    It is now!
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