Courtesy of Warren Rohner

In the largest of our oceans, there is a giant patch of garbage made up of toxic plastic waste. Some reports say it’s twice the size of the United States, and in 10 years it’s going to double. As the mangled mess of man-made pollutants floats on, it leaves a wake of destruction on the environment.

Animals that were plentiful many years ago are now endangered, delicate ecosystems have become underwater graveyards, fish that we eat have ingested plastic particles. A new report says that if the rate of pollution carries on as it is currently, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050.

On the surface, we’re losing our green space to waste dumps. And in those dumps, the billions of water bottles we’ve consumed don’t degrade like you’d think; they break down into smaller fragments, never completely disappearing. These particles seep into the ground and pollute our precious groundwater reserves. Out of sight, out of mind isn’t working anymore.

This project aims to educate readers on just how pervasive plastics are in our world and the impact they have on the environment.






Credit: Hillary Johnson