We as consumers, retailers, and manufacturers need to think hard about how to minimize our use of oil derivatives — such as virgin plastics — in toys and playthings, so that we can avoid scenarios like the one playing out right now in the Gulf of Mexico, where British Petroleum’s deep-water well is currently spewing at least 5000 barrels of oil daily into the ocean. We need to use more recycled plastics and other renewable materials in our manufacturing, so that we can start to minimize our consumption of oil. Decreased oil consumption means fewer risky drilling operations. It’s the least we can do.
Here’s a video showing some of the visual impact of the spill. It is hard to believe that the Gulf area, its economy, and its people will ever recover from this.