Posted in Nature, Personal Reflections

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

September 25th, 2013 – MINOR UPDATE

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Another possible way to get involved, and an in-development potential solution.

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Which should actually be called the “ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING AND COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH”. Or, the ADACUPGP. And we’ll pronounce it “AD-uh-cup” and make it a global – or at least Pacific-Ocean-Border-Continent wide – mission to eradicate this crap storm.

(It should be noted that these garbage patches have taken up property in other oceans too.)

In the meantime, allow me to share this horror with you, because an informed public is slightly more likely to take steps to improve things than an uninformed public is.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of trash (mostly plastic) that is (collectively) about twice the size of Texas, and that has staked claim to regions between the West Coast of the United States and the East Coast of Japan, primarily within the oval created by the North Pacific and North Equatorial currents.

It is called a “garbage patch” but that is a bit of a misnomer because it isn’t like a solid island-of-garbage floating atop the sea. It is more like just a WHOLE BUNCH of rubbish that is floating, sinking, swimming, and otherwise hanging out in the ocean.

But regardless of what it is called or how it looks, it is positively filthy and should most certainly NOT be there.

Photo Credit: NOAA Marine Debris Program
Photo Credit: NOAA Marine Debris Program
Photo Credit: Visual Data Blog (
Photo Credit: Visual Data Blog (

How is all of this garbage impacting sea life?

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What can we do about it?

1. Join or organize a beach cleanup.

2. Get involved with groups like the Surfrider Foundation.

3. Reduce waste, especially plastic waste.

Photo Credit: Plastic Pollution Coalition
Photo Credit: Plastic Pollution Coalition

4. Get back into the good habit of recycling!

Photo Credit: The Castle Group
Photo Credit: The Castle Group





















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