The Pacific Garbage Patch

These last 4 years on our hobby farm my husband and I haven’t produced any garbage that cannot be recycled. We stopped buying a lot of useless crap, avoid using plastic as much as possible and have saved so much money along the way. A side effect from consciously trying to stop producing garbage.

Photographer Chris Jordan has documented this phenomenon.

I had been studying for quite a while the phenomenon called the Pacific garbage patch. I was looking for a way to visualize it, it was really surreal to land on Midway, seeing that my worst hopes of what I would find there are true. These are all albatross chicks, hatched out of their eggs and the very first meal they got was deadly to them. What happens is, when the eggs hatch one of the parents goes out and flies looking for food. They search over this vast area of the pacific and when they come back with is a belly full of toxic plastics, and they feed that to their babies. They die of starvation, malnutrition and chocking. Simply allow yourself to feel whatever it is you feel about this, without jumping to the way to solve it. Because I think we really need to feel these things, even if the feelings are uncomfortable, because those are the feelings that will turn into the fuel and drive passionate action – Chris Jordan


2 thoughts on “The Pacific Garbage Patch

  1. Horrible sad. You should see the mess tulsa is trying with recycling. We need to get an official from Oregon down here to help these folks and a law for littering that sticks and they actually use it. It’s filthy mess everywhere!! I miss my days of walking barefoot during the day in Gresham…you will ever see me go barefoot here.

    1. Yeah, same for Chicago. It was awful! I barefoot it all summer here, especially in the garden.

      The only thing we can change right now is through individual choices.

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