When you hear about the Trash Vortex it sounds like some science fiction novelists creation, or something you’d see in a movie about a far-off dystopian future. But the trash vortex is 100% real and honestly pretty unknown and not really talked about often.
For those who don’t know of the Trash Vortex, you might know it by its more official name; The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This “patch” actually spans from the west coast of the United States, primarily between California and Hawaii all the way to Japan. That’s a pretty large patch.
The Vortex gets its namesake from the immense amount of marine debris and garbage that gets pushed out there by various currents that run in a circular motion, known as a Subtropical Gyre.
The debris then becomes trapped there and can also sink to the bottom, and pile up.
It can’t be stressed enough how terrible this is for the environment and for the marine life that occupy this area. Most of the debris consists of microplastics and various other potentially hazardous trash.
But for what seems to be such an aggressive and ugly issue, the Trash Vortex has been unclaimed and ignored for years. Falling smack dab in the middle of two countries, neither have taken the blame for its creation, nor have set out to correct it.
So the Vortex remains, forever collecting nautical trash. So there may always be a Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is pretty sad, but what can be done is we can make an effort not to help it grow.
Reduce the usage of disposable plastics, watch where your recycled waste goes, and be sure to keep the coast clean. By doing these things, we can only hope that our Earth; and our oceans don’t become science fiction.