There is an island of garbage in the Pacific Ocean

Did you know?

The Great Pacific Garbage Pactch (also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex) is the largest concentration of marine debris in the world.

It is located in the Pacific Ocean, and is estimated to be 1,6 million km2, around three times the size of France, or two times the size of Texas and keeps growing.

Garbage from all over the world is brought there by the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, which is one of the five large systems of ocean currents.

The debris are not only made of floating rubbish, and actually the vast majority is made of microplastics that can’t always be seen by the naked eye.

Microplastics simply make the water look like a cloudy soup, mixed with larger items, such as fishing gear, shoes, bottles, etc.

Because the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is so far from any country’s coastline, no nation will take responsibility or provide the funding to clean it up.

What can we do?

1) Reduce the amount of plastic waste we produce.

2) Avoid trash from ending in the ocean. 

3) Visit our page and find also hundreds of easy eco tips on how to go zero waste and reduce plastic 😉 Easy!


Source: The Ocean Cleanup, National Geographic

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