Plastic Soup

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Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.

 

Notabale Facts about Garbage Island :

  • Spread across an area of around 1.6 million square kilometres.

  • It is not visible from space or sky because it is made up of micro plastics.

  • Total of 79,000 Metric Tons of Plastic waste is spread across the area.(79000 Metric tons = 500 Jumbo Jets)

  • Every year, about eight million tons of plastic ends up in sea. That’s about 20,425 tons every day!

  • Plastic waste is found in all rivers and seas. Even in the most remote areas and places where few people go, like Antarctica and in the deep sea.

  • A major portion of the Gyre is fishing nets which accounts for 46% of the total plastics.

  • Plastic particles in the sea attract toxic substances. These plastic particles enter the food chain because birds and fish think they are food. Because we humans are at the top of the food chain, we eat them too.

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Garbage Island

Come aboard as the VICE crew takes a cruise to the Northern Gyre in the Pacific Ocean, a spot where currents spin and cycle, churning up tons of plastic into a giant pool of chemical soup, flecked with bits and whole chunks of refuse that cannot biodegrade.