Human beings make a lot of trash. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a mass of garbage and debris that is floating in the ocean. It is the largest amount of trash on earth. It poses a major threat not only to the surrounding wildlife, but to the entire planet. There has not yet been a successful effort to clean up this trash, but not all ideas have been tried. Richart Sowa is an artist who lives off the coast of Mexico on his own floating island. His island is made of recycled bottles and other trash, with layers of soil and dirt on top of it. He has planted trees to hold the dirt and recycled materials in place, and has made his own mini-ecosystem. If this idea is implemented correctly, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch could become a manmade, eco-friendly island. Another idea is that of the Trash Wheel. The trash wheel is a solar powered paddle boat that travels around the harbors of Baltimore and Annapolis. These trash wheels have picked up over one million pounds of trash from the harbors. Being from Baltimore, I have seen there effects myself and I thought that their idea could work for this as well.
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MailOnline, Jenny Awford for. “No man is an island: British DIY Robinson Crusoe builds his own floating paradise off the coast of Mexico out of 150,000 recycled bottles – and now he’s found his Girl Friday!” Daily Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 07 Nov. 2014. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.
Summary: There is a man in Mexico who has constructed his own island. He has made it out of layers or plastic bottles, sand, and topsoil. The recycled bottles have bene strung together so that the Island floats. He has a house, air conditioning, and even a hot tub on his floating paradise. Well after some time on his island by himself, he has found a woman to live with him. It’s a true Adam and Eve story.
Hoshaw, Lindsay. “Afloat in the Ocean, Expanding Islands of Trash.” New York Times. 10 Nov. 2009. Web. 06 Feb. 2017
Summary: A gyre is a term for a swirl or vortex caused by ocean currents. In one of these gyres off the coast of Hawaii, there is something called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This garbage patch is a mass of collected garbage. Be it cans, bottles, styrofoam, or tiny bits of plastic, it is all collected together in a mass that is roughly the size of Texas. The patch is harmful to surrounding wildlife, and must be dealt with.
Kaiser, Jocelyn, Jocelyn Kaiser, and Science18 Jun 2010 : 1506. “The Dirt on Ocean Garbage Patches.” The Dirt on Ocean Garbage Patches | Science. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.
Summary: The great pacific garbage patch has been called a “trash vortex.” It is not the mucky collection of bulky garbage that many believe it is. Mostly it’s pellets of plastic. This is caused by the plastic breaking down in the ocean. The result is many animals dying from eating these pellets, thinking they are plankton or some other food.