The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

It won't be long until we look back in history at a time of human naivety, questioning "how the f$#k did we ever think that was a good idea?". Similar to our realisation of the world being spherical, we are in the process of a paradigm shift, one which reveals that more, faster, easier isn't always better.

Plastic ain't fantastic, most can agree by now. But, what can be done to stop the enormous quantity of this synthetic material that is still being pumped out by large corporations for products? To that end, how do we reconcile the damage that has already been caused?

Is it acceptable that pressure always falls on to citizens to be more mindful, when companies fail to change destructive actions? Can the blame be put on business when governments hesitate to enforce critical environmental policies that actually protect our world, whilst maintaining our access to oxygen?

Sourced: SustainIndiana.org

Sourced: SustainIndiana.org

So, here are some creepy facts about just ONE (of five) ridiculously massive oceanic garbage patch on planet Earth. Let it spur you into action.

  • Garbage Island will likely double in size in the next ten years according to scientist Charles Moore.
  • Scientific research from the Scrips Institution of Oceanography in California U.S. shows that 5 to 10% of fish contain small pieces of plastic.
  • The patch is twice the size of Texas and up to 9 feet deep.
  • In the Great Pacific Ocean Gyre there is 6 times more plastic than plankton.
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Here are some more facts about the synthetic material called plastic.

7 billion pounds of non recyclable plastic are produced every year (WTF)

  • Scientific research has revealed that the chemicals in plastic are found in people living in Americas, Europe and Asia. This is concerning, as plastics have been found to effect fertility as a hormone disrupter.
  • Only approximately 7% of the plastic in the U.S. is recycled.
  • By estimation 80% of the plastic in our sea originates from land, traveling often by river ways.
  • The remaining 20% of the plastic originates from oil platforms and ships.
  • According to scientists, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest plastic dump on earth.

If you find it hard to change your habits and say "no" to single use plastic, instead contact your local government, get them to make it easier for all of us by introducing policy that supports a flourishing environment. 

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CHARLOTTE ROSE
A psychology obsessed, dive conservationist and business strategist. Charlie is a biophiliac on a mission to inspire intrinsic meaning in human-beings through a fascination with the complex systems of our universe.

Challenging the subjective norms we hold as a society with humour, she is an instigator behind VOX POPULI's mission to make it fashionable to give a fuck.