The Great Pacific Garbage Dump is a floating plastic mass in the Pacific Ocean. It is at least twice the size of Texas, is 10 meters deep and contains 100 million tons of debris. Since plastic isn’t biodegradable, it will never decompose. Instead, it breaks down into small plastic particles and releases harmful toxins into the ocean. If this isn’t bad enough, there are actually 5 known garbage patches around the world. The worst part…it never goes away.

With all the plastic in the oceans, marine animals are in danger. Animals get caught in the plastic or consume it, leading to unfortunate consequences such as sickness and death. An estimated million seabirds, 100,000 marine mammals, and a innumerable amount of fish died due to human waste.

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This post is posted on Monday 31 December 2012.
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    RECYCLE YOUR FUCKING PLASTIC And avoid buying the kinds you can’t.
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