Toxic Ecosystems - The Impact of Plastic on Marine Life

Our oceans are choking with single-use plastic.

What are the impacts on the creatures that exist in the toxic ecosystem we’ve created?

The crew of the Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise voyage into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch document plastics and other marine debris. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a soupy mix of plastics and microplastics, now twice the size of Texas, in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean.

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Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Don't Contribute to Plastic Pollution in the Ocean - A 5-Step Plan

by Emily Logan | 5 Gyres

At some level, we are all ocean lovers, so it’s heartbreaking to realize that plastic pollution kills one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals each year in our seas.

How do we stop that? Your daily actions can make a difference.

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The 5 Gyres Institute has led the effort to research aquatic plastic pollution and to find solutions for regaining a plastic-free ocean, empowering citizens to become leaders in combating the global health crisis of plastic pollution. To understand the impact of plastic pollution they study the 5 subtropical gyres by sailing through them, organizing research expeditions, inviting scientists, journalists, and other sailors to join the crew, working side-by-side to conduct the science, and return to their communities engaged to promote solutions.

To eliminate plastic pollution they employ strategies that work: Advocating new materials, better designed products, fair legislation, and engaging in consumer education. Post-consumer cleanup efforts focus on coastal and island debris removal and mitigation.

Plastic Pollution Questions Answered by Experts

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5 Gyres Institute's picture

The 5 Gyres Institute has led the effort to research aquatic plastic pollution and to find solutions for regaining a plastic-free ocean, empowering citizens to become leaders in combating the global health crisis of plastic pollution. To understand the impact of plastic pollution they study the 5 subtropical gyres by sailing through them, organizing research expeditions, inviting scientists, journalists, and other sailors to join the crew, working side-by-side to conduct the science, and return to their communities engaged to promote solutions.

To eliminate plastic pollution they employ strategies that work: Advocating new materials, better designed products, fair legislation, and engaging in consumer education. Post-consumer cleanup efforts focus on coastal and island debris removal and mitigation.

Exfoliating Scrubs Polluting Waterways - What's a Dead Skin Cell to do?

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The weather is warming, sun is shining more regularly, and we want to get outside and feel the renewal of spring. Just like spring cleaning our home, our faces can use a little sluffing off of winter's heaviness.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

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A sea lion pokes its head above the water in the ocean.
11/08/2018
Our oceans are choking with single-use plastic. What are the impacts on the creatures that exist in the toxic ecosystem we’ve created? The crew of the Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise voyage... read more
plastic beach pails on the sand at beach
08/11/2016
by Emily Logan | 5 Gyres At some level, we are all ocean lovers, so it’s heartbreaking to realize that plastic pollution kills one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals each year in... read more
plastic water bottle pollution buried in sand
06/23/2016
by Stephanie Whyte | 5 Gyres Institute On June 2nd, 5 Gyres held their most recent Webinar. Founders Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen spoke about plastic pollution in our oceans and... read more
587256_14671617
04/21/2014
The weather is warming, sun is shining more regularly, and we want to get outside and feel the renewal of spring. Just like spring cleaning our home, our faces can use a little sluffing off of... read more
A sea lion pokes its head above the water in the ocean.
11/08/2018
Our oceans are choking with single-use plastic. What are the impacts on the creatures that exist in the toxic ecosystem we’ve created? The crew of the Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise voyage... read more
plastic beach pails on the sand at beach
08/11/2016
by Emily Logan | 5 Gyres At some level, we are all ocean lovers, so it’s heartbreaking to realize that plastic pollution kills one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals each year in... read more
plastic water bottle pollution buried in sand
06/23/2016
by Stephanie Whyte | 5 Gyres Institute On June 2nd, 5 Gyres held their most recent Webinar. Founders Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen spoke about plastic pollution in our oceans and... read more
587256_14671617
04/21/2014
The weather is warming, sun is shining more regularly, and we want to get outside and feel the renewal of spring. Just like spring cleaning our home, our faces can use a little sluffing off of... read more