March 19, 2019

What is The Great Pacific Garbage Patch? 

Eight million tons of plastic finds its way into our oceans every year. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a section of the North Pacific Ocean between North America and Asia that has one of the greatest concentrations of rubbish in our oceans. 

According to The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch spreads across 1.6 million square kilometers of the North Pacific Ocean. Plastic makes up about ninety percent of this. This rubbish is polluting our oceans and killing vast amounts of marine wildlife, reefs, and birds. One of the main contributing factors? Single-use plastic.

What is Single-Use Plastic? 

Single-use plastics are disposable plastics we use in our daily lives such as packaging, straws, and plastic water bottles. One of the most concerning things about plastic being such a large contributing factor to the The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is that most plastics are not biodegradable.

This means that the Patch will grow ever larger without any way to balance to it out and as it grows larger it is killing our beautiful ocean. When the plastic finally does break down, it turns into tiny toxic particles that infest our ocean. The fish consume these particles and then, often times, we consume the fish. 

What Can You Do?  

Many have tried to find a solution for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch but none have yet had success. What you can do is be aware of the single-use plastics in your life. You can decline to use plastic straws at restaurants. You can stop using plasticware at home and  learn to buy products with biodegradable packaging.

If you buy plastic water bottles on your morning commute to work, why not try investing in a reusable water bottle? If you are worried about the quality of the water you carry, you can install a water filter. Check out our selection of drinking water filters here. Another easy way to drink clean water is to use a reusable bottle with a built in filter like our GRAYL Water Bottles.

We can all make small changes in our day to day life to help save our oceans.