Have you ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? 

(picture source: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/great-pacific-garbage-patch/)

From Wikipedia:

The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a gyre of marine debris particles in the north-central Pacific Ocean. The collection of plastic and floating trash originates from the Pacific Rim, including countries in AsiaNorth America, and South America. The patch is actually "two enormous masses of ever-growing garbage." What has been referred to as the "Eastern Garbage Patch" lies between Hawaii and California, while the "Western Garbage Patch" extends eastward from Japan to the Hawaiian Islands.


(source: https://matome.naver.jp/odai/2142516162873237101)

We recommended this book for children before:

(source: A Planet Full of Plastic)

It has a great chart of all the different Garbage Patch in the world.  It's really sad to see that there are 5 different patches in the world and within those 5, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the biggest.

(source: A Planet Full of Plastic)

Ocean Voyages Institute has been removing debris from the Great Pacific garbage patch and said it made history after successfully removing 103 tons of fishing nets and consumer plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch during their 48-day expedition.  Mary Crowley, the group’s founder and executive director, says they are headed back to sea in two days to collect more debris. 

Read more and watch the video at Ocean Voyages Institute site:


What can we do as an individual? The best way to reduce these debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or any other places is to reduce, reuse, recycle and also to clean up local beaches.  Let's all do what we can to keep the earth beautiful and clean.