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Sailing the plastic vortex: Video highlights

by Kirsten Firminger

Following up on my previous post, Setting sail for the plastic vortex, which focuses on Project Kaisei researchers who are studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, I found that they have posted up some great new videos from their trip. I really hope that they get the funding need to continue this important research which will give us a better understanding of the consequences of making disposable goods out of permanent materials. One of my favorite quotes in the clip is the statement that you have to love it before you are moved to save it.


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Patrick Groneman

posted October 7, 2009 at 10:49 am

Holy Moly, that is unbelievable. I always imagined the plastic bag vortex to be a bunch of plastic bags floating on the surface of the ocean. This is far more subtle and much worse than I had imagined

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posted October 7, 2009 at 11:31 am

Isn’t it crazy? It makes coming up with solutions a lot more difficult I would think. Billions of little plastic particles floating around the ocean – how do you clean that up?

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posted October 7, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Wow. amazing. I had no idea. Scary this stuff could be entering the food chain.

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Kirsten Firminger

posted October 7, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I watched the video again, and I didn’t know what Persistent Organic Pollutants were, so I looked it up – In case any of you were also wondering: Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are organic compounds that are resistant to environmental degradation through chemical, biological, and photolytic processes. Because of this, they have been observed to persist in the environment, to be capable of long-range transport, bioaccumulate in human and animal tissue, biomagnify in food chains, and to have potential significant impacts on human health and the environment. See more here:

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