- Where: Sooke Country Market
- When: July 25
- Who: Zero Waste Sooke
A study published this year estimates that 8.8 million tonnes of plastic are added to the oceans each year. In B.C. researchers found an average of 2080 pieces of microplastic (the size of a coffee ground) per cubic meter for Vancouver Island waters. Most of this plastic debris originates on land. It is blown by the wind off garbage trucks, blue boxes, from dumps or from road sides and carried by waterways to the ocean.
Plastic does not decompose.
It ends up in five major ocean gyres. These are large (the Northern Pacific gyre, for instance, is estimated to be 7-9 million square miles) masses of mostly plastic garbage that swirl around just beneath the surface of the ocean. Larger pieces of plastic have been found entangling many species of marine life and when the plastic does break down, it forms microplastic pieces which absorb toxic chemicals and are then ingested by turtles, seabirds, marine mammals, fish and, ultimately, people who eat fish.
On July 25th Zero Waste Sooke will be presenting a workshop at the Sooke Country Market on making your own reusable produce and bulk bin bags. Upcycled sheer curtains, a pattern and an instruction sheet will be provided and Anna Smandych, Upcycler Extraordinaire, will be demonstrating how to sew them up on a sewing machine right on the spot during Country Market hours from 10:00 until 2:00. Reusable produce/bulk bin bags are easy to make, can be kept in your canvas shopping bag(s) and also make great gift bags.