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.