The Garbage Patch starts here
While at sea UNC grad student Bonnie Monteleone started collecting trash from the bow of the ship. In ten minutes she’d gather a handful of plastic–and those were just the pieces she could reach.
I decided to copy this method, albeit on land, during my bike ride to the post office. I live exactly 2.4 miles from the Palo Alto post office so I figured I’d see a few things but not many. Palo Alto has a Truman Show kind of feel with manicured lawns and freshly painted houses.
But it seems no city, no matter how polished is free of trash. Here’s what I saw during my ride:
Eventually I had to stop taking photos because I was afraid the post office would be closed by the time I got there! I noticed that a lot of the garbage was from to-go coffee containers.
Does anyone bring their own these days? I started to wonder whether coffee companies promote the byom (bring your own mug) policy where they’ll give you 10 cents back for supplying a cup. It seems that it’s in everyone’s interest–you save money and the company doesn’t have to buy as many cups. This, I decided was worth investigating…