Following Algalita's "Junk" to the North Pacific Gyre

Everybody seems to want a piece of the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," a huge pile of plastic and trash (twice the size of the continental U.S.) floating in the Pacific Ocean, these days: from Planet Green's own Summer Rayne Oakes recently accompanying researchers on an expedition there to's captivating 12-part series on the massive trash vortex (appropriately entitled "Toxic: Garbage Island").

The Algalita Marine Research Foundation, whose scientists helped expose and study the floating garbage patch, is embarking on a new mission to spread the word: one that it hopes to accomplish onboard "Junk," a raft made out of 20,000 plastic bottles.


Six staff members, led by Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal, will be making the 2,100 mile trip from Los Angeles to Hawaii aboard the raft in an effort to "bring further public attention to the plastic marine debris issue." They are currently raising funds by having people "sponsor" bottles for $5 a bottle; the bottles, which will contain messages from students and individuals around the country, will be delivered to the governors of California, Washington and Oregon, which all recently pledged their support for more robust ocean protection legislation.

You can follow the crew's preparations and expedition on the AMRF's The Junk blog. You can also read more about the project, and Eriksen's objectives, here.

Via ::The Junk: The bottle collection begins (blog)

See also: Sails Out to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, ::Pacific Trash Vortex Could Signify Future of Our Oceans