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To learn more about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, check out the following organizations:

  • Plastic Pollution Coalition: The coalition, which is made up of hundreds of organizations, seeks to reduce the world’s dependence on plastic products through education. They hosted a series of TEDx Talks about plastic pollution and the Pacific Garbage Patch.
  • Plastic Oceans Foundation: Dedicated to raising awareness of marine plastic pollution through film and media, the Plastic Oceans Foundation emphasizes the interaction between humans and the ocean. They are a partner of the Plastic Pollution Coalition.
  • 5 Gyres: To understand the impact of marine plastic pollution, 5 Gyres leads exploratory missions to all five subtropical gyres, the locations where ocean currents push debris into large patches. This organization works with Pangaea Explorations and Algalita Marine Research Foundation to learn more about these garbage patches and communicate their global impact and advocate for effective solutions.
  • Algalita Marine Research Foundation: One of the sponsors of 5 Gyres, Algalita Marine Research was founded by Captain Charles Moore, who discovered the Pacific Garbage Patch. This foundation is dedicated to studying and mapping the garbage patches around the world.
  • Plastic Debris Rivers to Sea: This California-based project is working to assess and reduce sources of trash in urban runoff.  One of their main goals includes facilitating dialogue between government, industry, and community to address the sources of land-based debris in rivers leading to the Pacific Ocean.

Read More

http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/plastics.htm#recycle

http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/info/patch.html

http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/plastics.htm

http://www.unep.org/regionalseas/marinelitter/publications/docs/plastic_ocean_report.pdf

http://discovermagazine.com/2008/jul/10-the-worlds-largest-dump#.UTTCFzdCDdU

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/oceanissues/plastics_albatross/

“Plastic, a Toxic Love Story” Susan Freinkel, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011