Garbage Island By Nicci & Kristin

The cause of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is simply the carelessness of humans. The garbage is made up of various broken down plastics and human produced trash. It's created by the North Pacific Gyre which is the system of currents in the ocean, caused by the Coriolis effect.

Various species are affected by this. Some birds rely on eating fish from the oceans. Multiple times the birds have been found dead, washed up on the shores with plastics in there stomachs. This is due to the fact that they eat the bits of plastic thinking it was food. Seals also play an effect. They get caught in the fishing gear and become entangled which results in injury, illness, suffocation, starvation or death. Similar things like the seals happen to turtles and other marine life. Six-pack rings causes many issues as well.

Instead of using plastic bags like the ones we use in grocery stores, we could use fabric bags that are reusable.

Instead of using all of plastic bottles, use a cup or water bottle. You could say that’s wasting water because you have to rinse it out but polluting even more water from throwing away plastic bottles that would take around 450 years to degrade would be worse.

Change peoples mind set. If you give someone a biodegradable product they may think it will be okay to then throw it away, when it still may take years to disappear.

What goes in the ocean can stay there for a long time. A piece of paper is there for two weeks, meanwhile a fishing line doesn't degrade for 600 years and a glass bottle is undetermined. Now imagine all the trash that is in the ocean, it stays for longer than you think.

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