1. the ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight
2. accumulated knowledge, erudition, or enlightenment
(ˈæl bəˌtrɔs, -ˌtrɒs)
n., pl. -trosses, (esp. collectively) -tross for 1.
1. Also called gooney bird. any of several large, web footed, mostly white birds of the family Diomedeidae, of Sand tropical oceanic waters, having a large wingspread and able to remain aloft for long periods.
2. a seemingly inescapable moral or emotional burden, as of guilt or responsibility.
Images from the Pacific
The images in the links below can make it feel difficult to bear witness, but at Wisdom Supply Co., we believe the time for facing the harms caused by convenience culture has come. With this knowledge comes the drive to make the immediate changes in our habits and purchasing choices, that can prevent tons of plastics from ever entering the world wide waste stream.
Why we're driven to address Plastic Pollution
Plastic pollution is causing environmental harm worldwide. With roughly ten tons of plastic ending up in our oceans every minute around the clock, it is well past time for our reliance on cheap, disposable plastics to make way for common sense. The Wisdom Supply Co. mission is to disrupt what we call the shelf-to-shore pipeline, and replace it with systems that prevent plastic and vinyl from entering the global waste stream.
Photo and video courtesy of 5 Gyres
Landfill-bound supplies (Binders, Spiral-Bounds, Folders) thrown "away" on the last day of school
Information about Plastic Pollution
Plastic doesn't really "go away" or biodegrade, it can break down into smaller pieces of plastic, and it can photo-degrade into smaller, more brittle pieces from exposure to the elements over time. Either way leaves behind fragments and particles referred to as microplastics. It is important to understand that just because the pieces are incredibly small, doesn't mean they have gone away. The impact of micro and nano plastic particles on the environment is profound.
Plastic pollution and microplastics have been documented in dirt, air, ice-core samples, lakes, and streams. It's on the highest mountains and in the greatest depths of the ocean – It's in the intestinal tracts of all manner of marine life from tiny zooplankton, to fish, sea turtles, seabirds, and whales. Plastic fallout can be found quite literally everywhere on earth.
To get up to speed on the topic quickly and accurately, visit The 5 Gyres FAQ page