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Garbage Island: The Vortex Where Our Stuff Goes To Not Really Die

The last time you sucked down a latte, did you pause to consider where that empty cup was going? Of course you didn't! Well, here's a dopio shot of reality for you: there is a Texas-sized (literally, not figuratively) island of junk floating in the...
February 18, 2010, 9:53pm

The last time you sucked down a latte, did you pause to consider where that empty cup was going? Of course you didn’t! Well, here’s a dopio shot of reality for you: there is a Texas-sized (literally, not figuratively) island of junk floating in the Pacific Ocean.

A few years back, captain Charles Moore was steaming along when he stumbled upon this monstrosity. Needless to say, this is a huge environmental problem — and has gone largely unnoticed by the mainstream media. Luckily, our friends at VBS.TV braved the treacheries of the mighty Pacific to shed some light on this cesspool. The result is Garbage Island, an interesting, albeit disheartening, piece recently featured on CNN.com. The 66-minute long director’s cut is above.

As it turns out, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn’t the only gigantic floating island of refuse: there are five. Hopefully videos like these, and photos like Chris Jordan’s, are giving us a first-hand look, and helping us to understand that this is only the tip of the giant trash-berg.