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    7-Year-Old Boy Starts Recycling Company To Help Clean Up Our Oceans

    7-Year-Old Boy Starts Recycling Company To Help Clean Up Our Oceans

    Here at Feller Shades we hate plastic. Which is why we make things from eco-friendly materials. But, over the last 3 decades, plastic production worldwide has increased more than 620%! This is equal to 300 million tons of plastic being generated every year! What's sad about this is that more than 85% of that plastic never gets recycled... When this plastic reaches the landfill, it doesn't stay there. Studies have shown that 80 percent of marine trash is land-based and 90 percent of that trash is plastic. Once plastic ends up in the ocean, the world’s marine animals are stuck with it. It can take thousands of years for plastic to break down, and when it does, it only breaks into small pieces known as microplastics.

    These are some serious numbers. However, we can all do our part to help out. That's the attitude one little boy in California has. In 2012, after visiting the local recycling center in Orange County, Ryan decided that recycling would be his future. He was three-years-old at the time. He started Ryan's Recycling Company.

    According to his website, “The day after going to the recycling center, Ryan notified his mom and dad that he wanted to give empty plastic bags to all the neighbors and maybe they would save their recyclables for him.” Soon he had an established customer base made up of his neighbors. Ryan collects and sorts plastic, glass, and aluminum items and takes them to the recycling center. Ryan is using the money he’s made from customers to save for college.

    Ryan's Recycling

    Ryan has become a Youth Ambassador for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) in Laguna Beach. Over 700 marine species are threatened with extinction, so this rescue organization can use all the help they can get. All proceeds from t-shirts sold by Ryan's Recycling go to help PMMC’s volunteer efforts.

    Ryan is committed to sticking to a regular recycling schedule. He spends time each week sorting recyclables that have been donated by friends, family and neighbors and he and his family make weekly trips to the center. So far, he has recycled over 200,000 bottles and cans and donated over $1,600 to charity. This kid is killing the recycling game right now! To learn more about Ryan’s Recycling, visit the official website.

    While efforts are being made to remove waste from the oceans, improve recycling systems, and create barriers to prevent plastic from getting into waterways, we can all do our part to stop plastic waste at the source.

    If we all make an effort to identify where we use plastic and find alternatives, we can drastically cut down on the amount of plastic pollution that ends up in our oceans.

    State in India planning to break 24 hour tee planting record... With 50 Million Trees!

    State in India planning to break 24 hour tee planting record... With 50 Million Trees!

    The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is going to try to break the world record for the most trees planted in a 24-hour period. As part of an effort against climate change, officials there are hoping to beat the 2013 record of 847,275 trees set by Pakistan... By planting 50 MILLION trees!


    The Associated Press quoted the state’s Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, as saying “the world has realized that serious efforts are needed to reduce carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of global climate change. Uttar Pradesh has made a beginning in this regard.” Yadav made stated this to volunteers gathered in the city of Kannauj, approx 155 miles southwest of the state capital, Lucknow. Officials distributed millions of saplings to more than 800,000 people to plant at designated spots along roads and forested areas.

    At the Paris climate talks last December, the Indian government pledged to increase forest cover to 235 million acres before 2030. The government has planned to spend $6.2 billion for the effort and is encouraging all 29 states to start tree-planting drives similar to Uttar Pradesh.

    Senior forest official Sanjeev Saran told the Associated Press that the tree-planting sites would be monitored through aerial photograpy to see how many saplings were growing. Usually around 60 percent of saplings survive, officials said, with the rest succumbing to disease or lack of water. According to the most recent Forest Survey of India statistics published in 2013, 5.96 percent of Uttar Pradesh is forested area and the forest cover across the country is at 21.23 percent. The government’s goal is to increase forest cover to 33 percent, sequestering 2.5 billion tons of carbon.

    Way-to-go India!!

    Via treehugger