Shocking Sea Of Plastic & Styrofoam Captured In Pictures From Caribbean…

Shocking Sea Of Plastic & Styrofoam Captured In Pictures From Caribbean...


Recent estimates suggest that 91 percent of all plastic created for consumer use isn’t recycled. Scientists studying the plastic pollution problem have been horrified by the sheer amount of the stuff in our environment. Where does it all end up? Shocking photographs taken by Caroline Power of an entire “sea of plastic” in the Caribbean, provide compelling visual evidence that this environmental destruction must stop.

Jenna Jambeck, a University of Georgia environmental engineer who specializes in studying plastic waste in the oceans says:

“We all knew there was a rapid and extreme increase in plastic production from 1950 until now, but actually quantifying the cumulative number for all plastic ever made was quite shocking.”



Jambeck also told National Geographic that this amount of pollution would “break any system” that was not prepared for this level of waste.

Conceptualizing the billions of tons of plastic waste in our oceans has been difficult for many of us, but Powers urges everyone to take this problem personally, and to look at their own responsibility in contributing to the problem. On Facebook, Power posted this comment with her pictures…

Shocking Sea Of Plastic & Styrofoam Captured In Pictures From Caribbean...

“Think about your daily lives. How did you take your food to go last time you ate out? How was your last street food served? Chances are it was styrofoam and served with a plastic fork and then put in a plastic bag. Do you still use plastic garbage bags? Plastic soda bottles? Ziplock bags? Plastic wrap on your food?

Do you buy toilet paper that comes wrapped in plastic instead of paper? Do you put your fruit and veggies in produce bags at the grocery?

I challenge every person and every business to keep your trash for one week. Separate your organic and recyclables and keep everything else for one week. You will be disgusted how many single use items you use.”

While Powers’ photographs add to the growing collection of visual evidence of the problem of plastic, they sadly, don’t even begin to touch the depth of the issue.

A recent University of Florida study found that despite all the plastic trash we can see, plastic from our clothing – even those $100 yoga pants you thought were environmentally sourced – are clogging our waterways with plastic.

Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), researchers conducted a two-year study to discover the source of the micro-plastic pollution accumulating in the Gulf of Mexico. They found that more than 80 percent of the micro-plastics found in the ocean are actually micro-fibers from synthetic clothing.

Every time you wash your gym clothes, yoga pants, or any other garment made from synthetic material, you’re shedding microscopic plastic fibers — called “microfibers” into natural waterways, which eventually make their way to the ocean.

These plastic microfibers are too small to be filtered out by tiny plants and fish. An additional paper has shown that microfibers are responsible for 85 percent of shoreline pollution across the globe.

In brief, it isn’t just the bottled we cart our shampoo home in from the grocery store, or the take-out food packaging, or the plastic bags – plastic pollution is even the clothing we wear that is polluting the ocean.

In addition to reducing plastic bag and plastic cup use, also consider washing your clothes in a “guppy bag” that may catch up to 90 percent of the microfibers, and simply opting to purchase clothing here on out made only from natural materials like wool, cotton, hemp, bamboo, etc.

One thing is clear from all the studies, and the shocking photographs taken by Powers – this must stop, but it won’t without some wide spread change. (Images: Caroline Power) – Source Themindunleashed


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Of course. Tourists. I know I deal with them all the time. Nobody uses the garbage bins anymore. Why are you so surprised?

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We live in a disposal society, unfortunately with very little respect for the environment. Sad.

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Now there’s a wake up call people!!! Confirms all u have said Keelah Lam!

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Tourists??? The locals are pigs! I have lived in several Latin American countries and I know this is true.

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Clean it up!!

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Make recycling mandatory- world wide. Make using recycled materials- mandatory for ALL manufacturers. Make Styrofoam extinct- use other more recyclable materials. Require big businesses responsible for their waste products. (The average citizen can only do so much) Do your part- clean up paths, beaches, parks etc…every time you go out. One piece of trash at a time. Have recycling bins on street corners. put a 5 cent return on plastic bottles. In our oceans, create a new business- ocean clean up without harming the wildlife. How about new business- eco-tours that clean up our planet….Then again—-if people can’t keep their own houses and the company break room clean-what do you expect? Humans are a plague on this planet.

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No room for fish.

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This is a problem everywhe re and it is inexcusable!!!. We know better..
.we know what we can do to change things yet we don’t. Shame on us humans for ruining the planet.

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Of course no body takes in the fact the Caribbean was just destroyed by how many Hurricanes. If the islands look like a disaster can’t imagine what the sea looks like.

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skim the oceans and recycle

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That is a mess, but also a resource that is worth money. Suck it up and recycle to create the equivalent of a lot of oil and petrochemicals.

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Inexcusable and all caused by humans?

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For fuck’s sake?

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What about campaigning to stop plastic packaging?

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STOP THE COMPANIES MAKING THIS SHIT!!! THEY’RE THE FUCKING PROBLEM!

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And we dare call ourselves civilized and progressive people

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Don’t drive your cars. Oil and Coal produce this pollution. These are things these disgusting mines make. World pollution.

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    I understand the issue re cars being a problem but struggle with the connection between the seas having all this shite dumped in them

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    Really? How you getting electricity then? Or food? See “green” energy solutions use just as much plastics and to be perfectly honest pollute just as much if not worse than regular coal and oil plants. I used to work in a green energy facility the waste was unimaginable and the chemicals used where highly caustic

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    Derek Leverknight , you have got your head in the sand. Wake up.

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These photos popping up everywhere, will someone clean it? Why can’t someone do something about it? I agree that there is many ways to prevent this and it’s out of our reach but at this moment the most important thing is to take this shit out of the sea!

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    I agree 100% but then what you do with it??? So frustrating…?

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    ofc, there are bazillion startups. but they have to proof that they are viable. first you can’t collect it by hand. the amount of gasoline consumed would be a higher ecological damage than the plastic. second it needs to be economic. so you need to get more from collecting and recycling back or otherwise there won’t be a big enough operation. third poit is you can’t endanger wildlife with your solution. we could simply fish it out with nets but you will also catch fish and shark and whale and dolphin etc. 4th point and this is my concern. you all see these pictures with the plastic floating on top of rivers, oceans etc etc. yeah it looks bad, but thats the main point. this is not the pollution which is the big problem after all. this is no micro plastic. but the main problem of the pollution is the micro plastic in your shower gel, in your shampoo in your toothpaste in your cosmetics in your washingpowder etc. the plastic floating on top like carpets is maybe 5% and it can be theoretically collected by hand. we can’t even filter the microplastic out of our wastewater. when it passes the treatment facility it will ultimately end to 100% in the water cycle and stay there for 100.000 years. you eat this with fish, salt, honey, beer, everything. we have found plastic in every single product which comes in contact with water. it causes cancer, inflammation first in animals and then in humans. so do not focus blindly on this plastic carpet pollution focus on your everyday products wich end in the drainage. there are barcode scanning apps out there without them it is impossible to determin in which product microplastic is contained. I bought expensive ecological showergel from switzerland and in a documentary about micro plastic they testes bathproduct and even in the 4-5$ expensive greenlabel prodcts there was nearly 50% plasic particles contained. so please take focus. every plastic in the water is bad, but the worse goes down your sink every fkkn day and it is contained nearly in every fkkn product.

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How is this shocking?

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We have bugs that can eat about 2/3rds of that and turn it into fertilizer.

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David Lewin have you ever come across areas anything like this??

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Start taking it out of the water ffs….

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There are fines for littering on the beach and elsewhere for citizens so why not for the companies that dump the garbage?

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FUCKED UP. WHERE IS EVERYBODY CLEANING THIS SHIT UP? YOU PUT ME UP AND FEED ME, I’LL HELP CLEAN THIS UP.

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There’s a bigger one in the Pacific Ocean.

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Ban plastic.Use hemp!

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So why doesn’t someone with a boat clean the shit up? Seriously! I don’t understand! Take your damn fishing net and take as much as you can out of the water! When we walk down the street and see garbage on the road, you pick it up and throw it in the garbage can! It’s that simple!!!!

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This is more than despicable.

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Less time taking pics for attention and more time cleaning and it would not be a problem

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If the stupid companies would use bio-degradable packaging we would not have a problem so it is not just people to blame the blame is also from the rich wo is looking to get richer

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looks like Manila Bay

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why isn’t it being cleaned up ??? just who is doing all thes shit!!!!!!????

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Companies wouldn’t package & make plastic if one didn’t buy it. Look at what you buy, contact that company and state ” thank you for your product, however i feel the need to refrain from buying it until a more earth friendly packaging can be done & i am encouraging all my friends & family to do so”.

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Manufacturers of any/all pollutants, including garbage of any kind, should be financially and physically responsible to clean up any pollution they produce. Should be considered a cost of doing business. Yes, the costs will get passed down to the consumer, but what’s more important to you? Cheapest consumerism products possible that leads to a toxic wasteland of a planet? Or paying a little more and having manufacturers of pollution cleaning up the mess from their products so that future generations have a clean planet to live on? jmo

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This photo was taken in November 2017 … after the hurricanes.

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