My research to understand the global impact of plastic pollution has led to many expeditions across oceans and deserts, inland lakes and rivers to icebergs, with the intention to inform and influence the public, private sector and policymakers.
I co-founded the 5 Gyres Institute in 2010 with Anna Cummins. The organization is committed to ridding the world of plastic pollution through research, education and action, which continues to this day.
Plastic in Polar Regions - 2020
Sector Approach to Solutions - 2023
Plastic Impacting Camels - 2020
171 trillion microplastics - 2023
Regulate Cleanup - 2023
WAPO OpEd - UN Treaty on Plastics Apr. 2021
Japan Tsunami debris 2013
5 GYRES - NASTY BITS
Age of Plastic Smog
In 2008, two sailors drifted across the N. Pacific to Hawaii on a raft made from 15,000 plastic bottles tied in old fishing nets stuffed under a Cessna 310 Aircraft. They called it JUNK, and the purpose of the 88 day, 2600 mile voyage was to build awareness and help build a movement to save our seas from plastic pollution.
A global grassroots movement has now emerged and is demanding the same things: corporate responsibility for the endgame of what they make. Communities around the world are awash in trash, and are tired of being blamed for it, or expected to pay for cleanup. Zero waste communities are growing around the world, leading the way for a sustainable future.
But there's a great divide between how industry sees the future and what the movement demands. This book is not only a story of adventure, but a vision of how we bridge that divide. It's a story about how we save our seas, and ourselves.