Huge Plastic Garbage Patch Found in Atlantic Ocean, Dolphins “Saddened”

04/15/2010 12:40 PM |

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  • Hope floats… There she is!

Hey y’all, remember that big, scary garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean, the one that’s bigger than Texas? Well now it looks like the infamous North Pacific Gyre has a twin in the Atlantic Ocean.

Scientists have recently established the existence of a huge floating vortex of garbage somewhere between Bermuda and the Azores. Plastic patches like this have been harder to isolate in the Atlantic because it’s a way stormier ocean, but as the article points out, the Eastern Seaboard is one of the most populous parts of the world, generating ton upon ton of waste every day (80 percent of marine garbage originates on land), so it was only a matter of time. (Our own Conscientious Objector has done a fine job enumerating just how bad these patches are for all of us, if you had to ask).

Hey, why don’t we just go out and clean up the oceans?

Since there is no realistic way of cleaning the oceans, advocates say the key is to keep more plastic out by raising awareness and, wherever possible, challenging a throwaway culture that uses non-biodegradable materials for disposable products.

Oh, ok, yeah—let’s just challenge the throwaway culture that keeps are economy moving. Easy enough.

3 Comment

  • That’s for posting this!

    In regards to, “challenge the throwaway culture”, Rentalic.com is a new start up making a honest effort on this. It enables people to post and rent out their everyday goods to their communities and neighborhoods. Rentalic’s mission is to promote renting and re-use of goods as an alternative to buying and creating new products so we can minimize the creation of new waste.

  • http://www.createplenty.org a non-profit start up raising awareness about throwaway culture and creating solutions to it, too. It is also the home of the International Plastic Quilt project. Time for an economy of local, for so many reasons, so we’re making it more convenient to shop local and waste-free.

    http://www.beunpackaged.com in London is starting to do this work, really well. More please!

    thanks for this article.

  • Hilarious. But really, this is disgusting. http://bit.ly/9u7Be3