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When we published our results from a dozen expeditions in Dec. 2014, which included expeditions from 6 other wonderful colleagues, we learned a couple important things.  1. The sea surface is not the final resting place for microplastic.  2. Microplastics are likely found worldwide.  What’s missing is confirmation of how “likely” that distribution really is.  […]

TCT Update: We’re Tracking California’s Trash in Creeks

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Last week marks the kickoff of our field work related to the Tracking California’s Trash (TCT) Project! We had a great first field day and an amazing group of people helping out. We are very excited to be part of the large scale project to understand and prevent trash from entering the Pacific Ocean. The project […]

Guest Blog: Green With Tiffany unveils hidden plastics in her bathroom!?

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When we first met “Green with Tiffany” at SXSW Eco, we knew she was someone we had to work with! She jumped in feet first, joining our chilliest expedition yet from Bermuda to Iceland last summer, standing watch for Icebergs and always keeping her sense of humor with her. Tiffany shares her experience here learning […]

What we’ve learned after 50K miles and 270K plastic tons: values and design matter

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(Photo: Mandy Barker, Soup) For the past 5 years, our team at 5 Gyres has immersed ourselves pretty deeply in plastic garbage. We have sailed across remote areas of the world studying the issue, through hurricanes and cyclones (cue violins), inviting intrepid scientists, artists, innovators, and citizens to join us. We have spoken with policymakers, […]

5 Gyres goes to Antarctica! (1 in a 5 part series)

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Get rid of the idea that plastic forms patches, or that you can mine the ocean for trash.  The explosion of new research, with the last 2 years producing more research papers than the previous 40, tells us microplastics dominate our oceans like SMOG. The ocean gyres shred trash to smithereens, rather than hang onto […]

5.25 trillion pieces of plastic tell us something new

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The idea that there are “patches” of trash in the oceans is a myth created 15 years ago that should be abandoned in favor of “clouds” of microplastics that emanate out of the 5 subtropical gyres. Our recent publication in the journal Plos One, estimates 269,000 tons of plastic from 5.25 trillion particles, but more alarming […]

Get A ‘Less Plastic More Ocean’ T-shirt And Support Our Campaigns!

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As you probably heard, 5 Gyres published the first ever estimate of plastic in all oceans yesterday.  Well, it’s a lot.  270,000 metric tonnes and 5.25 Trillion particles. As a result, 5 Gyres is launching our ‘Less Plastic More Ocean’ campaign to educate the public on the findings of the study, what it means for […]