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Transparency: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Transparency: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
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Transparency: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

by Jacob Magraw-Mickelson

May 14, 2009
Launch Infographic

 

By now, most of us are aware that there is a large patch of floating plastic in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What you may not know is that it’s not made up of plastic bags and empty bottles. It’s made up of billions of tiny pieces of plastic, and it’s basically invisible unless you’re floating in it. While this might seem better, it’s actually much worse for the environment—and for you. Our latest Transparency is a look at the Pacific Gyre and the plastic floating in it.

Gyre illustration by Jacob Magraw-Mickelson

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