Plastic Pacific. A Garbage Island the size of Texas.

Via Merete Mueller
on May 1, 2008
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plastic pacific

In recent blog posts and in our Winter 2008 issue, we alluded to a “Texas-sized island of plastic floating in the Pacific ocean.”

Sounds crazy, right? Well, the story was enough to motivate Vice to rent a boat and strike out into the Pacific gyre—the remote location between San Francisco and Hawaii where ocean currents meet—in search of the fabled island. They documented their trip on a blog and in a video series. As Thomas Morton wrote about his trip, “Hope you’re into cancer and sex-reversal!” But seriously, their footage is sobering and definitely worth a look.

Hopefully, as more environmental fairytales are proven true, we’ll see more action to clean up our global act!

TOXIC: Garbage Island 1 of 3

Apr 7, 2008

Come aboard as the VBS crew takes a cruise to the Northern Gyre in the Pacific Ocean, a spot where currents spin and cycle, churning up tons of plastic into a giant pool of chemical soup, flecked with bits and whole chunks of refuse that cannot biodegrade.


About Merete Mueller

Merete is a writer and filmmaker, and was once-upon-a-time the Managing Editor of elephant journal's print incarnation, from 2006-2008. Today, you can find her on Twitter @meretemueller and on her blog To The Bones. Her first documentary, "TINY: A Story About Living Small", about people who have downsized their lives into homes the size of a parking space, premiered at SXSW in March 2013.


3 Responses to “Plastic Pacific. A Garbage Island the size of Texas.”

  1. elephant says:

    Well, there’s been a number of stories on this story, previously–from far more reputable sources than VICE. Just google it, google it, just google it a little bit.

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