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Blog: Garbage Island
If any of you have doubts as to why our insane consumption of plastic is a massive problem that is clearly f*cking up something as vast and vital to our food chain as the whole freaking Pacific Ocean, then ViceMagazine's 'Garbage Island' will surely set you straight.

In the movie, journalists from Vice (see photo left) hire a boat and set sail for the North Pacific Gyre- one of five spots in the world's oceans where the current spins in circles, now home to a gigantic vortex the size of texas, full of floating plastic debris.

The sad part is, that the Oceanic Gyres have traditionally been nutritious places for fish and birds. The same currents that have brought the world's plastic garbage to the center of the gyre, have for bizillions of years, swept plankton and algae and krill to these very spots. Now the animals that were attracted to these rich feeding grounds are eating a toxic soup full of little bits of plastic. It is impossible for a fish to distinguish between his food and a microscopic piece of my toothbrush. The thing about plastics is that there is still no known process to break them down into anything remotely benign at the molecular level. Chances are that the toothbrush I used 10 years ago now exists in thousands of little pieces, many of which are floating the pacific leaching xenoestrogens like Bisphenol A into whatever poor microscopic soul is the first to consume it.

The Ocean is now a plastic Vortex, my friend.

Sadly but surely, some of our favorite artists and design heroes traffic this evil, both materially, but more importantly as an aesthetic and idea that makes us see the grotesque beauty that has made this material so rampant. Have a taste of James Rosenquist, Gaetano Pesce, Greg Lynn, Massimiliano Adami, and of course, Roxy Paine and his Scumak. Float on Garbage Island...
11/10/2009


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