There’s been a lot of attention in the media lately about plastic causing significant pollution in our oceans. Not only is it unappealing to walk along your favorite beach and see plastic straws, bags, and bottles washed up on shore, but plastic can break down enough so that sea life will ingest it, mistaking the plastic for food. Scientists are working to invent machines to suck plastic out of the ocean and trap it in bins that can be routinely emptied. But in the end, the best way to keep plastic from winding up in the sea is not to use it to begin with. Recently while visiting Disney’s Flower and Garden Festival, I came upon a sculpture of a penguin that was constructed solely of plastic pieces that had washed up on the beach. It’s an eye opening look at a growing problem affecting our oceans today.