Video: 20,000 Detergent Bottles Under the Sea

Photo of marine debris courtesy of Tay Wiles. Front page photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.projectkaisei.org/index.html">Project Kaisei</a>.

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After a month spent studying the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” a vortex of waste twice the size of Texas in the North Pacific Ocean where there’s a 36-to-1 ratio of plastic to plankton, the scientists behind Project Kaisei offered tours of their vessel and talked with Mother JonesSam Baldwin, Andy Kroll, and Taylor Wiles about finding lawn chairs and laundry baskets floating a thousand miles at sea. Environmental experts also weighed in on how all that junk got out in the Pacific, its impact on marine life, and why “benign by design” is a phrase to know. Watch the video below.

MoJo extra: Check out a slideshow of plastic items that Project Kaisei brought back.

 

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