The plastic that is dumped into our water is ruining our waterways.  Not only is it killing our fish life but the fish that don’t die wind up with the plastic inside their bellies.  And in cases back into the food we eat.  Our waterways have way too much plastic. That plastic is contaminating our environment. Our environment, our plants, animals and us. And we are all effected by the way we are treating our planet. The utilization and creation of plastic is massive.  In 2015, a study was done and an estimated eight million metric tons of our plastic waste enter the oceans from land each year.

The link is from a recent TEDTalk , I loved it.  He is describing ways to eliminate this problem from the poorest countries where most of the pollution is coming from.  I wanted to share the idea of monetizing the World’s recyclable plastic. This is an 11 minute talk. It’s an interesting method on how to use our garbage — the plastic that is discarded and get into our water. How wonderful to be able to use this discarded plastic as a method of trade, a way to make money and help the less fortunate at the same time. See below for some explanation, then watch.

Can we solve the problem of ocean plastic pollution and end extreme poverty at the same time? That’s the ambitious goal of The Plastic Bank: a worldwide chain of stores where everything from school tuition to cooking fuel and more is available for purchase in exchange for plastic garbage — which is then sorted, shredded and sold to brands who reuse “social plastic” in their products. Join David Katz to learn more about this step towards closing the loop in the circular economy. “Preventing ocean plastic could be humanity’s richest opportunity,” Katz says.

About David Katz – watch video from Jan. 2018 – https://www.ted.com/speakers/david_katz?

ABOUT OUR AUTHOR Lucy Korzelius, A Proud Jersey Girl through and through.  A Waterfront Real Estate Broker since 1992.  She has lived at the Jersey Shore for most of her life.  She is passionate about Real Estate, our Environment and Healthy Living.  Her enthusiasm is contagious when it comes to sharing her Real Estate expertise, healthy lifestyle alternatives in eating and daily activities.  There are always new and exciting ways to help take care of our planet.  Sharing, Caring, Learning and Teaching.  She is a mother of two daughters and two dogs enjoying time at the beach no matter what the Season.

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