The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

1693 WordsFeb 24, 20187 Pages
Since the introduction of plastics in the early 20th century, waste production inland has accumulated at an ever-increasing rate. Improperly disposing of waste washes through inland waterways, which eventually carries the waste into the ocean. The north pacific garbage gyre spans the majority of the area. The physical gyre stretches from the coast of Japan to California. Four different currents maintain the circular motion of the gyre, which encapsulates large amounts of debris in the center of the gyre, known as the convergence zone. All of these components lead to the term most call as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”. The unfortunate locations of the world’s oceans, downhill and downstream of humans, allow plastics, chemicals and any form of pollution to follow natural transportation directly into our oceans. In 1869, John Wesley invented the celluloid, the first plastic product to be given a name. In 1909, Bakelite is introduced to the chemist club in New York as the “first thermoset plastic”, meaning that once the plastic mold was set it was set for life. Everywhere we look there are plastics, we have become so accustomed to their presence that we can hardly remember a time when they did not serve our needs. Remember, there used to be a time where our cars, plates, furniture, and airplanes were not made almost entirely of plastic. Roughly 100 billion pounds of plastic pellets are used every year by the United States, and current figures from India and China are
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