Ocean Plastic!

This week's topic: Ocean Plastic!


I hope you’re all having a great week! Let’s all give a cheer, Friday is here! I know you’re pumped

about another whole lot of waste facts. I hope you’re all getting into waste as much as I am into it!

Last week’s efforts were about participating in Plastic Free July. Continuing on that theme –

this week is about the plastic in our amazing ocean!


The plastic crisis that our world is currently enduring has meant that our oceans are

struggling under the weight of our constant pollution.  




There are collections of trash in our oceans that perpetually exist and accumulate. The

biggest of these is called The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This is a collection of debris

made up of mostly plastics in the North Pacific Ocean. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is

bound to its location by an ocean gyre, which is a system of ocean currents that is formed

by the Earth’s winds and rotation patterns. So plastics that are not biodegradable can travel

great distances and be drawn into the garbage patch from the shores of North America and Asia.  


It is hard to measure the immensity of this garbage patch, and considering all debris does not float,

there is speculation that much of the rubbish in The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has sunk to the bottom

of the ocean floor.  It is important to note that plastics that are not biodegradable break down in the ocean, with the help of the sun, into tinier and tinier pieces via a process called photodegradation. This means that although the plastic gets smaller, it still exists in the ocean as microplastic!




Amsterdam, a bustling large international city has a crew called the Plastic Whale.

They have been taking tourists for a ride quite unlike any other. In light of the

pollution present in Amsterdam’s quays and canals, an idea sparked and has

developed into full blown boat tours where people are given a net in hand,

and proceed to collect rubbish from waterways whilst they enjoy a scenic

boat tour. What an idea! The mission of Plastic Whale is to in fact go out of

business, as this means, all the rubbish is gone!
Keep on fighting Waste Warriors! Until next time!



Learn more about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch:



Learn more about Amsterdam’s Plastic Whale:


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