Plastic pollution affects our health globally
“In 2008, Marcus and I met on a sailing expedition to research pollution in the North Pacific Gyre. As we sailed from Hawaii to Los Angeles, we collected samples of broken down plastics tragically mixed with marine life. But at night, we saw something even more alarming. Small fish that surfaced nocturnally to feed were mistaking contaminated plastic waste for food. As these fish were consumed by larger predators, the toxins were working their way up the food chain and onto our plates.
We vowed to dedicate our lives to solving the problem, and to each other. After Marcus fashioned a ring from discarded fishing line that he pulled from the ocean, we got engaged amongst a smog of plastic. Soon after, Marcus sailed on a three-month voyage aboard JUNK RAFT, a makeshift boat kept afloat by 15,000 recycled plastic water bottles, raising awareness about plastic pollution and inspiring the launch of The 5 Gyres Institute.” – Co-Founder, Anna Cummins
Combating the Plastic Problem in Our Oceans with 5Gyres
Plastic pollution is one of the two greatest man-made environmental disasters facing humans today. The other is climate change.
Why our oceans are choking on our garbage and how we can stop it
Last week, a study by the 5 Gyres Institute, was published in the online journal PLOS One. It concluded that about 270,000 tons of plastics are floating around our oceans. All of that is broken into 5 trillion pieces, and can be found primarily in gyres, areas of large rotating ocean currents.
New Report by 5 Gyres Shows 7 Trillion Tiny Pieces of Plastic Wash into the San Francisco Bay Every Year
The San Francisco Bay Microplastics Project was designed to provide critical data on sources and pathways of microplastics in the Bay Area, and generate scientifically supported, regional recommendations for solutions to plastic pollution.