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OUR FINDINGS: WHAT WE NOW KNOW – Blog 6 of 6 Antarctica 2015

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5 Gyres joined the crew of 2041 to Antarctica to survey plastic pollution.  Our mission’s are aligned.  2041 aims to, “…build personal leadership skills among people who choose to embrace the challenge of sustaining all forms of life – in their families, communities, organizations and the planet.”  How awesome is that?  We worked with the […]

Job Announcement: 5 Gyres is Seeking an Office Manager

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5 Gyres is growing again. We are looking for a Los Angeles based Office Manager to be responsible for accounting, database management and volunteer management. This person will be the hub of the 5 Gyres team, communicating with staff and volunteers and driving our growth and organizational efficacy. At this time, we are only circulating […]

CLIMATE CHANGE AND PLASTIC POLLUTION – Blog 5 of 6 Antarctica 2015

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Robert Swan is one of those guys wearing icy beards standing on a flat white horizon in those tattered photographs of polar explorers to the furthest reaches of the planet.  He’s the founder of 2041(.com), and is the principle reason I’m here.  He holds his place in history aside Amandson, Scott and Shakelton with the […]

Join Our Team? We Are Searching for a Marketing Manager

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5 Gyres is looking for an experienced and passionate Marketing Manager who will assist the team with building and engaging our community. We are reaching out to the 5 Gyres community to see if any of you might know people who either might be directly interested in this position or people in the general world of non profit or […]

GLOBALIZE IDEAS, LESS STUFF – Blog 3 of 6 Antarctica 2015

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Ohhhh, look at those fancy Gortex-covered, water-wicking, fleece-lined, gloves with the authentic down-filled “Thermal Ring”© that grips your wrist and keeps the cold out.   I need that next year, but only if they come in red. There are 81 people on this expedition, from 27 countries.  The cost of new cameras, laptops and hard drives, […]

WHY IS THE 5 GYRES INSTITUTE IN ANTARCTICA? Blog 2 of 6 Antarctica 2015

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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 […]