The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, or eight million tonnes of plastic every year.
It’s estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
In the documentary below, VICE News visited one of the most polluted beaches in the world, Kamilo Point in Hawaii, to explore how that plastic is finding its way into our food chain.
While plastic pollution in the ocean is a huge problem, VICE News follows one young Dutch engineer, Boyan Slat, who has put his energy into creating a “simple solution” – deploying a structure in the Pacific with the aim to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch’s plastic in just 5 years, all while converting millions of pounds of collected plastic into reusable products.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea