I thought this book was very interesting and brought out some good insights that I never knew before, especially including a lot of facts. For example, I never thought that 1 out of every 6 big trucks in the United States is a garbage truck. That statement right there just tells you how much garbage we have in our country and how much demand it takes in our lives. Also the fact that we spend so much money on garbage is crazy. Its also really bad how much waste Americans personally throw out that is eighteen times over the United States adult population, crazy how statistics makes people care more. Another thing is you never think that trash could be describe as a product till you read about how its a big part of Americans lives. Its sad Americans spend so much on waste instead of more important things like for libraries or schoolbooks. It kind of makes you sick how we live in a world full of so much trash that is becoming the center of economy.
Another interesting point in this book was the work and experiences from Mary Crowley with Project Kaisei. I like that she mentions how mainly the worst is what you can’t see because she has evidence that sea water samples have tiny pieces of plastic that you couldn’t see from the naked eye. This section also takes into account how much of the plastic is in the digestive tracts of fish. I also never knew every time we are taking a shower with our favorite shampoo, we are draining down plastic that could end up in a baby whale intestines. Its sad that our ocean is known as a plastic chowder when we could be using something that is better for our environment
I like that the book ends on a positive note that helps give examples on how to save our planet from trash. I think the positive stories gives people motivation to try to make a change, especially if they read about it and realize how if other people can do it then you can. Although, I don’t know if a lot of people are able to limit their annual unrecyclable trash to one small mason jar, that one might be hard to do for a lot of people. I also like at the end there are five things suggested that anyone can do that aren’t that hard. Providing suggestions and ideas helps people actually be motivated to do something when they know what needs to be done, especially if the request is so small like stop buying bottled water. Overall, I felt it was a good read that a lot of people should consider reading.