all waste created by non-humans either turns into food or decomposes back into the earth. as humans, we create more waste than any other life form and most of it doesn’t turn into food or decompose. through our industrialization and modern technologies we have developed into a consumer based world that doesn’t pay very much attention to what we throw away. most of us put our trash and recyclables on the curb and watch them disappear overnight. but where do they go to? much of it never disappears. a large portion of discarded plastic and other garbage enter our oceans and never leave. where do they come from and what path do they take to get there? what does it look like out there and can we do anything about it? how do the plastics poison the marine life and how have we indirectly affected our own bodies?
i initially set out to study the Pacific garbage patch. i intended to learn as much as i could about its size, density, and location. it has proven to be a difficult task to find this type of data but that is because it is a monumental task to collect and organize the data surrounding the garbage patch. there also seems to be very few people attempting to tackle the subject.
this blog is a collection of information surrounding the problem of discarded plastics that enter our oceans. i am using it as a means to organize all of the research that i am doing about the subject. it is my intent to create something from collected discarded plastic bottle caps that represents the culmination of all of this gathered information. the end result or product of the research has yet to be determined.