Ever wonder what happened to those empty peanut butter containers you licked clean as a kid? There’s a fairly good chance that these Jiffy jars still exist today….in a floating mass of particle waste known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Also known as the “World’s largest garbage dump,” the Great Pacific Garbage patch is a swirling vortex of garbage located in the Northern Pacific Gyre.
While most imagine the dump as an iceberg-like structure containing shoes, bottles, cans, and other familiar plastics laying visibly afloat; the Garbage Patch is actually a soup of tiny waste particles strewn throughout our beautiful blue sea.
According to researchers, 80% of the patch is made up of plastic that does not decompose causing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to become an accumulated concentration of waste larger than the state of Texas.