How we made the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Mother Nature Network, January 14, 2015, By Gerri Miller

The documentary PLASTIC PARADISE explains how this consumer-driven catastrophe is destroying the oceans and how we can fix it.

"Initially mass-produced in the 1940s as the disposable answer to convenience-minded consumers, plastic is the ecological disaster few saw coming.

By 2050, plastic production will quadruple to 2 trillion pounds per year. The U.S. alone produces 15 billion pounds of plastics a year, and 85 million plastic bottles are used every minute. Most of this plastic is not recyclable, and much of it ends up in the ocean, where currents bring it to an area twice the size of Texas known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Midway Atoll, four hours by plane from Honolulu, is ground zero for this aquatic dumping ground, its beaches littered with debris. Discarded fishing nets strangle wildlife and destroy coral reefs, and tiny microplastic bits swallowed by birds and fish move up the food chain, all the way to our tables.

Journalist and filmmaker Angela Sun investigated several aspects of this complex environmental issue, its ramifications, who is responsible, and what can be done to fix the problem in her documentary Plastic Paradise, a labor of love that was seven years in the making. ..."

To read the Q&A interview of filmmaker Angela Sun:

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
"The film everyone needs to see."