garbage patches


Alolan Trubbish and Alolan Garbodor

Inspired by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. I think when people hear “patch” they think it’s like an island, but really it’s a massive swirling vortex filled with trash.


Important message from Mermaid Kelly: Ariel is swimming by to encourage you to help protect her home. Even though she collects human “treasures”, other sea creatures and marine life become injured or even die because of human trash, including thousands of sea turtles, whales, and over one million seabirds each year. All of this trash can harm & entangle fish, sharks, and damages coral reefs. In the Pacific Ocean there is even a huge area called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” This is a large area filled with debris, approximately the size of Texas. The debris extend down 20 feet & contains 3.5 million tons of garbage. It is estimated to double size in the next 5 years. A marine biologist & ocean activist, Sylvia A. Earle once stated “If the ocean dies, we die.” Without the ocean, we can’t survive. Around 50% of the oxygen we breath comes from phytoplankton in the ocean. Many Ocean Activists have already taken action to preserve these creatures and our home, now it’s your turn! You can start taking the steps to helping all of the life in the ocean by using fewer plastic products, recycling, doing local beach/ river clean ups, support local organizations working to protect the ocean, influence change in your local community, but most importantly, educate yourself on the ocean & how to protect it.
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How nurdles are invading our oceans

In our last post, we covered what exactly a nurdle is, and warned that - much to our dismay - nurdles are far more pervasive than most people realize. The thing is, they often escape during the production process, carried by run-off to the coast, or during shipping when they’re mistakenly tipped into the waves.

Once in the water, nurdles are swiftly carried by currents, ultimately winding up in huge circulating ocean systems called gyres, where they convene to plan their tactics. The earth has five gyres that act as gathering points, but the headquarters of Nurdle Ocean Domination are in the Pacific Ocean, where the comparative enormity of the gyre, and the resulting concentration of pollution, is so huge that it’s known as the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’.

Here, nurdles have good company. This gyre draws in all kinds of pollution. But because they don’t biodegrade, plastics dominate—and they come from other sources besides nurdles, too. You know those tiny beads you see in your face wash or your toothpaste? They’re often made of plastic, and after you’ve flushed them down the drain, some also end up in this giant garbage patch, much to the delight of the nurdles building up their plastic army there. And then there are the large pieces of unrecycled plastic litter—like bottles and carrier bags—transported by run-off from land to sea. Over time these plastic chunks turn into a kind of nurdle too—but one that’s been worn down by the elements, not made in a factory.

And as if they weren’t threatening enough, the rough, pitted surfaces of these microplastics—the name we give to all those collective plastic bits— waterborne chemicals “stick” or adhere to them, making them toxic. This gathering has grown so immense that the oceanic garbage patch can shift from around the size of Texas, to something the size of the United States.

But while this toxic tornado is circulating, the birds, fish, filter-feeders, whales, and crustaceans around it are just going about their daily business—which means they’re looking for food.

Unfortunately for them, tiny bits of floating plastic look a lot like fish eggs and other enticing bits of food. But once ingested, microplastics have a very different, and terrible, habit of sticking around. Inside an animal’s stomach, they not only damage its health with the cocktail of toxins they carry, but can also lead to starvation, because although nurdles may be ingested, they’re never digested, tricking an animal into feeling like it’s continually full, and leading to its eventual death. When one organism consumes another, microplastics and their toxins are then passed up through the food chain.

And that’s how, bit by bit, nurdles accomplish their goal, growing ever more pervasive as they wipe out marine life and reshape the ocean’s ecosystems.

So, how to break this cycle? The best solution would be to take plastics out of the equation altogether. That’ll take a lot of time, but requires only small, collective changes—like more recycling, replacing plastics with paper and glass, and ditching that toothpaste with the microbeads. If we accomplish these things, perhaps over time fewer and fewer nurdles will turn up at that giant garbage patch, their army of plastics will grow weaker, and they’ll surrender the ocean to its true keepers once more.

From the TED-Ed Lesson The nurdles’ quest for ocean domination - Kim Preshoff

Animation by Reflective Films

Bittersweet Flower Arrangements

super late, but @lapidot-week-2016​ by insominiacarrest

prompt: weddings

genre: humor, UST, gay weddings

summary: Lapis and Peridot are rival wedding planners who are hired to work on the same ceremony, they fight over everything from flowers to venues to who’s the better kisser. It’s a strange arrangement.

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Will a Marine Plastic Harvester Shrink the World’s Giant Floating Garbage Patches?

These gifs show the latest concept from a project called The Ocean Cleanup to retrieve some of the millions of tons of plastic waste choking the world’s oceans. 

The idea is to deploy long floating barriers at mid-ocean gyres that naturally collect garbage shed by land and ships. The booms would be set up so that the motion of ocean currents would do the work to corral plastics in concentrated areas, where a solar-powered collection platform would extract the waste for recycling.

The group, which is led by 20-year-old founder Boyan Slat and includes volunteer oceanography and engineering specialists, estimates it will cost a little less than $5 per kilogram to remove the garbage. They have already completed a proof-of-concept project demonstrating their design and conducted a feasibility study, in which they estimate that each garbage patch that has developed in the world’s five major gyres could be reduced by half within 10 years. The people behind The Ocean Cleanup hope to launch a coastal pilot study sometime in 2016 and to start full-scale operations in late 2019. Learn more and see a video below.

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Donovan Hohn talks about ’garbage patches’ in the ocean: “When I first heard the phrase ‘garbage patch,’ I imagined something dense. I initially imagined it as a floating junkyard, and you’d have to poke your way through it with a paddle if you’re in a kayak. But it’s not like that. You can’t take a picture of it because that doesn’t exist. What does exist is a whole lot of plastic out there, but it’s spread out over millions of miles of ocean. And some of it floats on the surface where you can find it. And some of it floats just below the surface. And eventually all of it will photodegrade, so much of it is so small you’re not going to be able to see it with the naked eye.”

Photo: NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration

sometimes it’s not a question of “will the source material contradict my headcanons about these two characters being in love?” but a question of “when, and how hard will i need to wildly invent new in-story conspiracy theories to make this thing still work in my head?”

i will not go down with this ship

i am, however, FULLY PREPARED to strap some rocket engines to the stern and ride this ship INTO THE FUCKING STRATOSPHERE

The Signs as Trash
  • Aries: post-riot trash (and cold tacos)
  • Taurus: trash left under bleachers at football games
  • Gemini: overly glittery craft store trash
  • Cancer: trash that falls out of the back of trucks on the highway
  • Leo: trash that shouldn't have been thrown away but it's too late now
  • Virgo: trash that should have been recycled
  • Libra: the remains of the winter holiday's trash
  • Scorpio: trash from Pizza Hut
  • Sagittarius: trash in the great Pacific garbage patch
  • Capricorn: trash you find under your couch from decades ago
  • Aquarius: trash being called keepsakes out of denial
  • Pisces: trash that's been gathered by crows
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Garbage Patch Visualization Experiment

We wanted to see if we could visualize the so-called ocean garbage patches. We start with data from floating, scientific buoys that NOAA has been distributing in the oceans for the last 35-year represented here as white dots. Let’s speed up time to see where the buoys go… Since new buoys are continually released, it’s hard to tell where older buoys move to. Let’s clear the map and add the starting locations of all the buoys…

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Guess How Much Plastic There Is In the Ocean

Imagine a Venn diagram composed on one side of plastic and on the other, the ocean. In the middle, then, would undoubtedly be the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (or the Pacific trash vortex, depending on where you’re from)––that vast edifice of human material waste that swirls in the North Pacific Ocean and can be seen from space.


I think everyone needs to just swap out something historical for something current to check and see what side of history you’re going to be on.

  • Is [exploitative action] ethical?
    Well, slavery wasn’t.
    Well, child labor wasn’t.
    Stands to reason, outsourced exploitative work conditions, wage slavery, and gender pay disparities aren’t.
  • Is [environmentally destructive action] ethical?
    Well, creating the Great Pacific Garbage patch wasn’t.
    Well, giving thousands of coal miners in Appalachia Black Lung wasn’t.
    Well, the Ozone Hole wasn’t.
    Stands to reason, destroying the reefs, deep water oil drilling, fracking to the point of destabilizing the geological environment, and mass harvesting water for commercial farming at the expense of public interest probably aren’t.
  • Is [exclusive action] ethical?
    Well, segregation wasn’t.
    Well, interment wasn’t.
    Stands to reason, anti-gay housing and hiring bills, anti-birth control actions by employers, and anti-trans bathroom bills by states aren’t.
  • Is [persecutory action] ethical?
    Well, The Inquisition wasn’t.
    Well, the Red Scare wasn’t.
    Stands to reason, Native relocation, mass incarceration, and COINTELPRO weren’t.
  • Is [callous action] ethical?
    Well, experimenting with chemical weapons in Vietnam wasn’t.
    Well, demonstrating nuclear weapons on civilian target cities in Japan to put fear into the Soviets wasn’t.
    Stands to reason, using drones to take out people in the Middle East from another continent, and letting guns proliferate unchecked in spite of multiple mass shootings in areas reserved for children aren’t.
  • Is [religiously justified action] ethical?
    Well, slavery wasn’t.
    Stands to reason, institutionalized oppression, codified discrimination, and neo crusades aren’t.
  • Is [inaction] ethical?
    Well, letting Nixon off wasn’t.
    Well, letting the priests of the Catholic church who molested all those kids get shifted from one parish to another wasn’t.
    How many whistleblowers do we intend to leave to rot while the criminals they exposed walk around under the sun, breathing in fresh air, cuddling puppies, and continuing to fund other atrocities?

If you want to put yourself on the side of Apartheid, of Bull Connor and the dogs, of Senator McCarthy, just be aware that’s what you’re fucking doing, yeah? 

You aren’t helping anyone. You’re not saving anyone. Don’t try to pretty it up with excuses. Stand in your bigotry and acknowledge it for what it is. Be honest in your hatred, disdain and dehumanization of others.

It’s all getting written down, you know. Whether or not there’s a Saint waiting for you with a tally sheet on some nebulous other side, we have the Internet now. Your great grandchildren might not have known your name in previous generations, but from here on out, every shitty thing you say and do is part of the public record. Nothing can be erased anymore. Everything leaks eventually. The future is watching you.

Now, make your move.

Jimmy McGill's personality trash levels

Gene the Sad Cinnabon Manager (litter)
Mailroom Jimmy (trashcan)
Jimmy (dumpster)
Slippin Jimmy (landfill)
Saul (The Great Pacific Garbage Patch)