Trash, rubbish, waste whatever you want to call it. The sea looks pretty trashy these days.
A while ago I started a project on the shores of West Sussex, capturing the found rubbish laying on the beach.
The inspiration for this project came from the plastic waste floating under the sea.
Did you know about the great Pacific patch? There are two the Western Garbage Patch closer to Japan and the Easter near Hawaii, US.
Few more are located in the Indian and Atlantic Ocean.
A Garbage Patch is made of discarded plastic which accumulates in the Ocean, where various currents meet. These small particles move clockwise pulling the rubbish together.
What’s more, plastic isn’t biodegradable. It breaks into small particles contaminating a vast portion of sea water. Many species mistake this small particles for food, and in this way toxic agents enter the food chain.
This is a real mess and it doesn’t show any sign of stopping.
Here are some of the facts:
Many species like the marine turtles or the North Sea seals get cough in discarded fishing nets.
The patch estimated size is over 700.000 square kilometres.
It affects more than 267 species worldwide.
It’s not visible from the distant as it’s made of tiny particles sank at the bottom of the sea. 70% of the debris is under water.
80% of the rubbish come from land waste from North America and Asia while 20% from cargo ships.
The good news is many organisations are working together to tackle this issue. Few companies have started to recycle the plastic from the sea for fashion and other industries.
Now every time you throw a plastic bag remember where it ends up.