Photo: Trashy Beaches Are Everywhere

The beaches of Gatahan in Malaysia would be a far more beautiful sight without the plastics.

The beaches of Gatahan in Malaysia would be a far more beautiful sight without the plastics.

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‘Apocalyptic’ Island of Waste in the Maldives

This is not “Waste Management”, this is dumping and burnig.


The Maldives are known as an unspoilt, paradise island destination for upmarket tourists but the BBC’s Simon Reeve has paid a visit to a part of the Maldives that tourists do not see – a huge island waste dump.

He was accompanied by local conservationist Marie Saleem who explained how the country struggles with waste management.

The Maldives’ government told the BBC they were looking at ways to tackle their waste problem.

From BBC.

STOP Set to Launch, Builds Community

Today, while reading The Economist, I found about a new nonprofit organization working to prevent plastic pollution in the marine environment (that’s the oceans).  Science & Technology against Ocean Plastics (STOP) is set to launch in 14 days, you can sign up to become part of the community here: http://www.stopoceanplastics.org/page/Signup. Or consider attending the upcoming STOP Live Conference being held this June in Los Angeles, Calif.   I’ll be certain to follow the foundations efforts and share the solutions they (and the community) develop.

Another View: The (Not So) Great Pacific Garbage Patch

It seems there is no shortage of creative minds trying to help us better visualize the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  This great visual is from Metrobest, courtesy of Flickr.

pacific garbage patch

The (Not So) Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Have you heard about it – the large patch of floating plastic in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It’s there, it’s real and what you may not know is that it’s not made up of plastic bags and empty bottles. It’s made up of billions of tiny pieces of plastic, and it’s basically invisible unless you’re floating in it. While this might seem better to be in tiny pieces, it’s actually much worse for the environment—and for you. The great team at GOOD, develop this Transparency – a look at the Pacific Gyre and the plastic floating in it.

Gyre illustration by Jacob Magraw-Mickelson

What do you think? How can we help minimize plastic in our oceans?