The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a massive dump of floating garbage in the Pacific Ocean. We contribute to it everyday by littering and using un-biodegradable materials. Our trash is taken downstream from rivers into the ocean, where currents sweep it to the closest patch. Plastic comes in all shapes, sizes and materials such as nylon, cellophane, polyester, polystyrene, and methyl methacrylate, which are made to be durable and withstand the elements. There are great uses for plastics but it’s the plastic products that are designed to be used once, but are made to last forever, that have become the main problem.
“The biggest landfill it turns out, is our oceans. We are just beginning to realize that,” says Lisa Kaas Boyle, an environmental lawyer and co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition.