Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?
Mr. McGuire: There's a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?
We've seen the future, and it's rubbish.
Plastic is our future because we can't get rid of it. Once in the environment, it's there to stay. It doesn't biodegrade like organic materials, and doesn't oxidize like metals. If it breaks down at all, it breaks down into smaller plastic pieces. A lot of it ends up in the oceans, and on the beaches.
Even the large marine animals are affected. This minke whale washed up on a beach.
When the contents of its stomach were examined, it was found to contain a lot of plastic grocery store bags.
Even though their diet is different than the whales' other creatures are affected too. The Laysan Albatross has especially suffered.
There's hardly a place they can go that isn't surrounded by plastic trash.
The origins are both marine and land based. Plastic doesn't observe political boundaries.
The stuff found inside the Laysan Albatross is usually familiar to most biologists. More frequently, however, what they find is recognizable to any modern person.
The organs of the dead birds have been displaced by colorful plastic trash.
These pictures illustrate how these albatrosses were found.
Even if we make an effort to use less plastic, and recycle more religiously, it already permeates the environment.
The birds consume everything from bottle caps to toothbrushes.
These birds contain more plastic than a Lego model.
The plastic is more colorful than the birds.
But we don't think it adds to their natural beauty.
We believe that these creatures should stick to an organic diet.
It's a lot healthier for them than plastic.