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The Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

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Discover the Growing Island of Garbage in the Pacific Ocean

Several years ago I got a wake-up call watching an Earth Day show on Oprah. I was surprised to discover there is a large floating island of garbage, twice the size of Texas somewhere between the West Coast and Japan. This moving ocean garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean is the largest garbage dump on the planet.

Scientists estimated that this island of garbage may contain over 100 million tons of debris with 80% of the garbage coming from land-based sources and 20% from trash tossed by ships at sea.

The garbage is washing up on our beaches, killing our wildlife and impacting our food chain.

If you already know about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch then take a look with what you can do about the garbage patch ways to reduce, recycle and reuse your trash in the "15 Ways to Minimize Your Impact on the Garbage Island" section.

If you don't know about the Great Garbage Patch, watch a couple of the videos from experts and news reports on the topic, then take a look at what you can do about reducing your impact on the Garbage Island.

This is one of those topics where the images really tell the story better than words.

Image from Jrockley. Marine Debris on Hawaii Coast. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Garbage Patch

Over 7 million tons of plastic spanning an area twice the size of Texas is destroying our oceans and harming our food chains.

Oprah on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

This is the most shocking thing I have seen.

A SHOCKING video!

Oprah

Vote on the Pacific Garbage Patch

Oprah's Look at the The World's Biggest Landfill

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Too Much Trash, Not Being Recycled Quote

People in the United States are producing over 25 million tons of plastics each year!

Only a small fraction of the trash is getting recycled.

Image from Microsoft Clipart

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch - North Pacific Gyre

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Image from Wikimedia. North Pacific Gyre World Map.

What is a Gyre?

Two definition of a Gyre:

A circular or spiral form; a vortex:

A circular or spiral motion, especially a circular ocean current.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language.

A spiral oceanic surface current driven primarily by the global wind system and constrained by the continents surrounding the three ocean basins.

Source: The American Heritage® Science Dictionary.

Drift of Ocean Pollution in the Pacific Trash Vortex

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Image of Pacific trash vortex showing drift of ocean pollution from Green Peace.

Our Lifeblood Quote

The oceans are our lifeblood.

Protect the seas, we protect ourselves.

Oprah

Plastiki: Across the Pacific on Plastic

We're All Attached Quote

When one tugs at a single thing in nature,

he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

John Muir

Marine Debris Music Video

NOAA's video on marine debris removal in the northwestern hawaiian islands and the Anacostia River.

Trash on the Spin Cycle Video

Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team sail into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch while shooting Voyage to Kure as part of Ocean Adventures for PBS.

More on Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Adventures

Books on Rubbish and Trash Amazon

We All Need to Protect the Oceans Quote

The ocean belongs to all of us, but there's no single entity or no single nation that's there to protect it.

We need to be able to network and really all care about it and all protect the oceans.

Fabien Cousteau

Floating Trash of the Pacific Garbage Gyre

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This image of floating garbage of ocean debris has become associated with the North Pacific Gyre Garbage has become one of the standard photographs used. I am still searching for the original source of this image to give the photographer credit.

Debris on a Beach

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Image from Wikimedia. M. Buschmann.

Debris on a Beach. Released under the GNU Free Documentation License for use.

What is Flotsam and Jetsam?

The phrase flotsam and jetsam is used to describe specific kinds of debris floating in the ocean or objects washed to shore.

In maritime law, flotsam applies to wreckage or cargo left floating on the sea after a shipwreck. Jetsam applies to cargo or equipment thrown overboard from a ship in distress and either sunk or washed ashore.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language.

Books on Flotsam and Jetsam

Plastic is Replacing the Plankton Quote

There is six times as much plastic

in the gyre than there is plankton.

Remnants of an Albatross Chick

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Albatross Chick with Plastic from Duncan Wright, USFWS. Public Domain.

The Deadly Impact of Trash on the Wildlife

Animals mistake this waste for food dying either from plastic poisoning or blockage of their digestive system.

Garbage Island Video

CNN's news clip of 'Garbage Island', a floating garbage island that is twice the size of Texas.

Watch this video and see why it matters to you whether you live on the west coast OR the east coast.

A Trash Pool

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Image of Trash Pool from Daniel Johnson under Creative Commons

Pacific Garbage Dump - Nightline Video

Great Pacific Garbage Dump is a graveyard of toxic plastic from Nightline

The Waste Crisis: Landfills, Incinerators, and the Search for a Sustainable Future on Amazon

More about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or North Pacific Gyre

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Ocean Conservancy

The Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. They are starting a sea change.

Through research, education, and science-based advocacy, Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the oceans. In all its work, Ocean Conservancy strives to be the world's foremost advocate for the oceans.

If you are interested in doing more about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and helping reduce the impact of all of the trash being produced, consider joining the Ocean Conservancy.

After learning about this giant garbage mess, I decided to join the Ocean Conservancy out of my concern for the future of the oceans.

Organizations Working to Save the Ocean

The Problem - Thousands of Bottles

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Image of Trash by Ismael Franco

15 Ways to Minimize Your Impact on the Garbage Island

By throwing out trash we have all contributed to this mess and it will take everyone working together to stop it from getting worse. We need to rethink how we are using plastic and creating trash and start living a more ocean-friendly lifestyle.

This list of ways to minimize your impact on the Garbage Island come from three organizations working on cleaning up the trash in our oceans, Algalita Marine Research Foundation, Ocean Conservancy and GreenPeace.

Sources:

Algalita Marine Research Foundation. What You Can Do About Plastic Pollution.

GreenPeace. Trashing Our Oceans: What You can Do

Ocean Conservancy. Living Responsibly.

  1. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

    Be conscious of all that you buy, reduce what you can. Avoid products with excessive packaging, especially in disposable products. Recycle what you can, including all recyclable plastics.

  2. Buy items in bulk with less packaging.

    Avoid individually wrapped food servings. Look for earth-friendly options.

  3. Give up plastic grocery bags.

    Bring your own reusable tote bags when buying groceries and say "no" to plastic bags.

  4. Don't buy plastic sandwich bags.

    Use wax paper, cloth napkins or reusable sandwich boxes.

  5. Stop Using Bottled Water.

    Take drinking water from the tap in aluminum containers. Get a filter for your water if needed.

  6. Buy Durable not Disposable.

    Durable is better than disposable; more throwaways means less landfill space and more marine debris.

  7. Buy items made of recycled materials.

    Also buy items that can be recycled in your community.

  8. Buy food that is produced locally.

    Transporting food over great distances uses more energy.

  9. Pick up litter and dispose of it properly..
  10. Demand more and better recycling facilities in your area.

    If your city or county does not have curbside recycling encourage them to do so. If they do, encourage them to look at better ways of recycling more trash.

  11. Take Part in a Local Clean Up.

    Take part in local stream, river and beach cleanups. While these clean-ups don't solve the problem, they are a good way of drawing attention to the greater problem offshore.

  12. Watch the Storm Drains.

    If you live near the ocean, or a river that drains into it, your storm drains are probably washing garbage right out to sea. Be conscious of this and any other potential sources of marine litter in your area.

  13. Become more Mindful of your Plastic Consumption and Trash Production.

    Conscious consumption, being more mindful of your consumption is good for you and for the planet.

  14. Be very conscious of your ecological footprint.

    Living an ocean-friendly lifestyle by taking actions that benefit oceans and marine life.

  15. Do not accept the current paradigm of use and waste.

    Encourage change though your decisions and your votes.

Links with More on What You Can Do

The 10 Most Common Ocean Debris Items Worldwide

Nearly 400,000 volunteers at 6,485 sites in 104 countries and 42 U.S. states picked up trash along the world's ocean and waterways on a single day in September 2008.

These volunteers collected 7 million pounds of debris collected in world's waterways including 1,362,741 cigarette butts in the United States; 19,504 fishing nets in the United Kingdom; and 11,077 diapers in the Philippines

The 10 most common debris items found worldwide were ranked during the Ocean Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup in September 2008.

The Top 10 Trash items, including how many of each were found:

  1. Cigarettes and filters, 3,216,991
  2. Plastic bags, 1,377,141
  3. Food wrappers and containers, 942,620
  4. Caps and lids, 937,804
  5. Plastic bottles, 714,892
  6. Paper bags, 530,607
  7. Straws and stirrers, 509,593
  8. Cups, plates, forks, knives and spoons, 441,053
  9. Glass bottles, 434,990
  10. Drink cans, 401,412

Simple Ways to Reduce Using Plastics

According to the Ocean Conservancy the 10 items picked up during their International Coastal Cleanup have remained the same over the past five years. Two of those items are plastic bags and plastic bottles.

Knowing this there are two very simple ways to help reduce using plastic:

  • 1.
  • Don't buy bottled water
  • . Instead filter your own and use aluminum or steel water reusable bottles.
  • 2.
  • Don't use plastic bags
  • . Use reusable tote bag. Each reusable bag uses can potentially eliminate hundreds, if not thousands, of plastic bags over its lifetime.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: An Easy Household Guide in the Amazon Spotlight

Use Reusable Laken Water Bottles

Use Reusable Tote Bags

Some of my favorite reusable bags as family sets.

Impact of Plastic Bags

Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. Which is over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each year.

Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.

Plastic bags are among the 12 items of debris most often found in coastal cleanups, according to the nonprofit Center for Marine Conservation.

Source: Reusablebags.com.

Books on Reusing Plastics and Trash

Plastic Doesn't Go Away Quote

Every piece of plastic we've ever made is still on the planet...

It doesn't go away

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Plastic - A Toxic Love Story

From Amazon.

Books on Recycling Plastics and Trash

We're All Connected with the Planet Quote

The pesticides that you spray on your dandelions run off into the oceans and end up in the food chain, which ends up back in our plates.

It's a closed system. Everything's connected. We're all connected with the planet in very fundamental ways.

Fabien Cousteau

No Dumping...It Drains to the Stream

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Image: David Shankbone. No Dumping Drains to Stream.

Released for use under the GNU Free Documentation License,

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Benefiting Earth Justice

This lens benefits Earth Justice, formerly the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund. Earth Justice is the leading ecological law firm.

The issue of the Pacific Garbage Patch and growing island of debris in the ocean seemed to be one that might be an issue tackled by Earth Justice.

What do you think about the Pacific Garbage Patch?

Reader Feedback on Reducing the Pacific Garbage Patch

Dawn on March 05, 2013:

I think that someone could be making a lot of money if they knew how to recycle the entire thing. However, it would take a lot of money at first. This would have to be a long term project (years to even make money). First, a survey of the types of garbage would need to be done. Second, recycling places would need to notified. Three, tug boats and barges might have to be used to hull the garage. Plus, there would have to be people dressed in bio-hazard gear to pick up the garage. Make sure that you don't go alone and a doctor or nurse on-board your ship would not hurt either.

Everyone should learn more about recycling even if it is only for paper and/or plastic. There may be a recycling center near you.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on November 01, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you for the kind remarks.

anonymous on November 01, 2012:

You are thorough and should help raise the consciousness of the population. Well done. Heart-breaking that mankind is so very full of hubris that people take their oceans for granted.

greg-packer-52 on October 26, 2012:

This garbage could be cleaned up by using 2-3 large barges one for the fuel produced from a pyrolysis system on board ,then pump the oil or whatever is produced on board onto the other barges .This could be done using a large vacuum pump run by our Renewable energy system that uses water as fuel .Cannot believe no one has done it!! You need our renewable energy to make it profitable.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on September 30, 2012:

@melissiaoliver: Perhaps because then we'd have to figure out another way to dispose of it.

melissiaoliver on September 28, 2012:

I first came across this lens several months ago - an article I've just read in the newspaper has made me come back to it. One question: if this island is so prominent, why don't ships haul in all the rubbish and take it out of the water? In such a big concentration of rubbish, that would be fairly easy to do I would have thought.

Kirsti A. Dyer (author) from Northern California on September 03, 2012:

@indigomoth: I hope that it helps to educate people, so more people can tack action and help to stop the problem.

indigomoth from New Zealand on September 03, 2012:

This makes me so sad and angry. Thanks for making such a comprehensive lens on this awful topic.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on June 17, 2012:

I lie close to the west coast and we currently have a huge garbage patch which they say is the size of California floating toward us. This ocean garbage patch is wash away from the Japan Tsunami and it is beginning to arrive on our shores now.

magictricksdotcom on May 20, 2012:

What a fantastic lens. So much information here. And it is always saddening.

candidaabrahamson on May 09, 2012:

Completely fascinating lens on a terribly upsetting topic. [However, I did figure this is where the lost socks might go, for the Sock Memorial Day Quest--sounds like lots might be there already.] Thanks for bringing this important issue to my attention.

Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on May 09, 2012:

Great lens, the more awareness people bring to issues like these the closer we'll get to making them a thing of the past.

lyttlehalfpint from Canada on May 06, 2012:

Fabulous lens! loved it ... well written on a huge topic

David Stone from New York City on April 30, 2012:

Yikes!

MarcNorris LM on April 29, 2012:

I think it is horrible and I am unhappy to admit that I didn't even know that it existed. Thank you for bringing this truth to light for me.

Brandi from Maryland on April 26, 2012:

This makes me sad...I had no idea. We recycle all of our plastics, but I definitely will be rethinking everything I buy from now on. SquidAngel Blessed for bringing awareness to such a shocking and sobering subject!

Septamia on April 22, 2012:

I'm shocked. I was not even ever thought about what things so bad.

Perhaps the States should significantly increase the collateral value of plastic bottles and oblige all shops accept plastic for recycling.

Words will not help here. (

Septamia on April 22, 2012:

I'm shocked. I was not even ever thought about what things so bad.

Perhaps the States should significantly increase the collateral value of plastic bottles and oblige all shops accept plastic for recycling.

Words will not help here. (

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on April 21, 2012:

Great lens about a very serious problem with pollution. I'm trying to reduce my plastic useage, and I've recycled for years. Blessed.

mel-kav on April 21, 2012:

Wow - I had no idea. Excellent and informative lens. It really is sad!

mel-kav on April 21, 2012:

Wow - I had no idea. Excellent and informative lens. It really is sad!

fish-oil-expert on April 21, 2012:

This is very sad. I donated some money to an organization to help with this. :(

radkoaleks on April 21, 2012:

This is so ugly story.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on April 20, 2012:

Awareness is the first step. Thanks for letting us know about this problem. Happy Earth Day.

kerilovesadeal on April 20, 2012:

I enjoyed the quotes. I guess it's all about awareness. People don't see how it directly affects them, so it doesn't matter. The floating garbage patch is a problem for everyone. Those that have created the most garbage are also the ones in a position to help the most.

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on April 20, 2012:

Shocking, disgusting and horrifying.

Kathryn Wallace from Greenbank, WA, USA on April 20, 2012:

This may be the most important lens I've seen to date. Good job.

HaleySchaeffer LM on April 19, 2012:

I saw a report on the amount of plastic that ends up in the oceans and, as a result, in our food, etc. but this is the first time I've heard of the Pacific Garbage Patch. This is so sad and sickening. Only through educating people about this problem can we hope to fix it and lenses like this are a great way to start that process. Thank you for taking on this subject!

dumutu on April 19, 2012:

Great lens, thanks for sharing. We need to do more to save the earth indeed.

craigmitchell on April 19, 2012:

Great lens on a terrible problem - good choice of videos!

LaurisB LM on April 19, 2012:

Excellent lens filled with very important information!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on April 18, 2012:

This is such important information to get out. Great job here spreading the word. We really do need to wise up and clean up after ourselves.

Showpup LM on April 18, 2012:

How incredibly sad. Man is the only creature dumb enough to destroy their own environment.

linkreggie on April 18, 2012:

this lens is really great!.. lets protect our environment by not using non-biodegradable things such as plastics.. live in eco-way

vividviolet on April 18, 2012:

Those 15 tips on staying "green", I'm on it. All of those poor animals...

anonymous on April 18, 2012:

I lived in Santa Barbara for most of my life and have often been dismayed at the junk that you can see wahed up...didn't know about this floating trash heap ...when we people learn

dariameister on April 18, 2012:

This has shocked me - very scary! I am already thinking of things I can change at home.

najem lm on April 18, 2012:

I think mostly US is blamed for the big pacific Garbage and will not do anything if this patch will not harm them in some way.

Loulie LM on April 18, 2012:

This is a very important and thorough lens... The Pacific Garbage Patch is a sad reminder of the state of the environment.

Laura Brown from Ontario, Canada on April 17, 2012:

You put a lot into this post. I linked to it with my account at Snip.it - Green Living History.

abb1fan on April 17, 2012:

A lot to think about . . . we are a world of wasters!

neuromancer lm on April 17, 2012:

If it is twice the size of Texas, why it is not at satellite photos?

Perrin from South Carolina on April 17, 2012:

Thanks for a very important and eye-opening lens. Hopefully all who read it will share it and be inspired to do whatever they can to care for this beautiful Earth. It's deplorable to see what we have done to our God-given beautiful home.

Matthew from Silicon Valley on April 17, 2012:

Thank you for bringing to the open a very important (and scary topic). I think we all need to realize that what we throw away is not the end of the life of our garbage.

flycatcherrr on April 17, 2012:

Such an appalling example of the human tendency to forget what's not right in front of our eyes - "out of sight, out of mind" is not a good thing.

spelaspela on April 17, 2012:

what a shame...if the child has learned how to live and to love nature, is probably this would never happen:(

very informative lens, thank you

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on April 17, 2012:

Very impressive information - I live at the beach on the east coast and we also spend a lot of time picking up waste and discarded items that have washed in to the beaches--I have also seen sea birds die with plastic wrapped around their necks-it is such a shame--I will be spotlighting this lens on my Earth Day lens, it is so important!

anonymous on April 17, 2012:

The people that know about this the better.

DiscoverWithAndy on April 17, 2012:

Wow, simply astounding! I can't believe how horrible we are to the planet. When will people make an attempt to change?

writerkath on April 17, 2012:

I just attended a presentation that discussed this topic! And, as we found out, it's not just in the Pacific. I'm glad you made this lens - There are so many little things we can all do to help reduce the unbelievable amount of waste that goes into our environment. *Blessed!*

squid-pinkchic18 on April 17, 2012:

People's trash is just out of sight, out of mind. But it has to go somewhere! This is a great wakeup call. Great job putting together this informational lens!

oldmedic on April 17, 2012:

The more people see these pictures the more will they start recycling their garbage. Recycling is very easy with all those different color carbage tanks we have in our communities but many people are just too lazy to recycle.

greenlivingsource on April 16, 2012:

It is important for more people to know about this plastic and how it is polluting our oceans and land.

MelonyVaughan on April 16, 2012:

What a shame! And to think that humans do this to the environment and each other! Thank you for sharing this valuable information. Wonderful lens!

Fcuk Hub on April 16, 2012:

I have feeling that this is not ever going to stop :(

gatornic15 on April 16, 2012:

The video is very shocking and heartbreaking! Thanks for sharing the information to get awareness out there and hopefully to get others to change their ways, even if just in a small way.

PTurner56 on April 16, 2012:

I did a report on this for school a over a year ago and still nothing is being done. No one country will take responsibility for this tragedy. I'm sure most of the debris comes from the U.S., so we should be the ones to clean it up. The planet has a way of taking care of itself, and getting rid of us would save the planet. This IS 2012. I'm just saying...

KateHonebrink on April 16, 2012:

The PGP is horrific. Thank you for enlightening me on this preventable problem. It starts with me.

gamrslist on April 16, 2012:

eye opener thank you for sharing

suz406 on April 16, 2012:

This is very insightful for everyone to see and read. What is really sad is that when there is a speck of oil in the waters or ocean, the media, the environmentalists and most people are condemming the oil companies but what about this garbage. Is everyoe ignoring it, I don't see this plastered on TV, why isn't there more media coverage on this as this is as harmful. Thank you for this excellent lens and I hope this topic isn't ignored.

FalconFan LM on April 16, 2012:

It's so unfortunate that we treat this beautiful planet the way we do. I appreciate you spreading awareness about the Pacific Garbage Patch and hope that it changes the way some folks think about recycling. Thank you!

PaulRyan on April 16, 2012:

It's a very sad situation. I didn't realise what scale the problem is on. We humans are destroying our beautiful planet and seem to care little about this part of the eco-system damage as it's not on land...

Patricia Meadows on April 16, 2012:

Thanks for opening my eyes. I've never heard of the Pacific Garbage Patch. Very informative. Very heartbreaking.

Karen from U.S. on April 15, 2012:

I had heard of the Pacific garbage patch before but hadn't realized that it's so large -- twice the size of Texas is huge! Your tips for reduction in plastic usage are good. I use much less than I used to, but still need to reduce more.

Teri Villars from Phoenix, Arizona on April 15, 2012:

Wow, very interesting and sad at the same time. Blessed.

SteveKaye on March 30, 2012:

The Pacific Garbage Patch is a tragic statement on modern society. It also shows that we live on a finite planet where everything is connected. Thank you for publishing this lens.

futurefocus57 on March 22, 2012:

This is eye opening every time I see it. Makes me sick! Great lens.

Terrie_Schultz on December 31, 2011:

Excellent coverage of this horrible situation.

BusyMOM LM on December 21, 2011:

You obviously did your research! Thanks for getting the word out on this terrible tragedy that's taking place. It's good to know that there are ways we can help.

ernieplotter on December 06, 2011:

amazing lens, thank you very much for your work... now let´s reduce our footprint on earth!

Ken McVay from Nanaimo, British Columbia on December 05, 2011:

Thank you - lots on information to digest! Blessed.

DumpsterLadies on November 30, 2011:

Great Lens! Very informative!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on September 02, 2011:

It makes me sick -- what we are doing to the oceans and to our planet. Thank you for bringing awareness to this totally disturbing phenomenon known as the Pacific Garbage Patch. Now, what are we going to do about it?

mrsjordanjr on March 21, 2011:

I just read a report stating that 60 percent of a big batch of reusable grocery bags tested were found to contain some level of bacterial contamination and that some reusable bags may contain lead. It is recommended to wash your cloth bags often and double pack meat to prevent leaking. Also avoid carrying anything that isn't food in your grocery bags.

gypsyman27 lm on February 07, 2011:

I'm about to publish a lens regarding the garbage patch, (my own spin of course) so I think it's disgusting. Do we really believe we will be forgiven by the landlord of this planet? See you around the galaxy...

anonymous on January 09, 2011:

I just stumbled upon your blog and Uncorked Ventures Reviews wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Thanks for the post.

Sarah Switalski from Iowa on November 05, 2010:

This lens is a huge eye opener - everyone needs to see this and change their ways! You have been blessed by an angel and added to my angel lens.

LisaDH on September 09, 2010:

Appalling. What in the world are we doing to our planet? :-(

greenerme on July 23, 2010:

I just featured this lens on my new blog, A Million Ways to Go Green:

http://www.amillionwaystogogreen.com/2010/07/a-wor...

(still under construction, so pardon the default looking appearance!)

Quirina on March 18, 2010:

Thank you for this lens, Kirsti! You have quote there saying 'Every piece of plastic we've ever made is still on the planet...' I'd like to add: And will still be here long after we're gone.

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I have heard occasionally in the media about the world's plastic problem, and have grown a little sensitized. Going to a supermarket with this attitude makes me realized that it is a real challenge to produce a meal without producing plastic waste. In short: We leave a souvenir of each and every meal we eat on this planet for EVER! What a crazy thing to do.

jjj1 on July 31, 2009:

This needs bringing to EVERYBODY's attention. I'd never heard of this until I stumbled across you lens. Very informative - 5 stars!

TopStyleTravel on June 03, 2009:

Great lens on this important topic. Everyone needs to be responsible for the use of our resources. Was not aware of the floating garbage island before.

Mihaela Vrban from Croatia on May 22, 2009:

Excellent lens Kirsti! Blessed!

grannysage on May 15, 2009:

How sad this is. I love to go whale watching and would often see plastic junk floating by the boat. And to think there is a whole “island” of it. Lensrolling this to Gaia- Earth Mother. And yours is the second lens that I found using my Lensmaster Roulette game. Learn more about it at the forum under the topic Challenges and Contests

kimmanleyort on May 15, 2009:

You have created an excellent lens here. I have a similar lens and will feature yours. We all need to get the word out.

greenerme on May 11, 2009:

This is an amazing lens on such an important subject. I've never picked the same lensmaster two weeks in a row for lens of the week @ A Million Ways to Go Green, but you're the first!

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on May 07, 2009:

Another excellent lens. Blessings.

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