Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
The 151' Brigantine Kaisei spent one month navigating the plastic-infested waters of the North Pacific Gyre—an oceanic region twice the size of Texas. While most of the plastic in the gyre is very small (there is a 36-to-1 plastic to plankton ratio), the researchers aboard the Kaisei brought back some of the big flotsam and jetsam that stood out. A sampling of the everyday items—from Head & Shoulders to water bottles to lawn chairs—that they picked out of the ocean 1000 miles off the California coast.
Video Bonus: Be sure to check out the MoJo interview of the scientists aboard the Kaisei.