We live in Plastic Paradise! This fantastic invention has become so widespread in our world that to imagine living without it seems unreal.
But how did we get to this point? and where are we headed?
Angela Sun in this documentary film, Plastic Paradise, travels on a personal journey to uncover the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in one of the most remote places on earth. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, and volunteers whom shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also described as the Pacific Trash Vortex, is a gyre of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean located roughly between 135°W to 155°W and 35°N and 42°N.The patch extends over an indeterminate area, with estimates ranging very widely depending on the degree of plastic concentration used to define the affected area.
The Patch is characterized by exceptionally high concentrations of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge, and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. Despite its size and density, the patch is not visible from satellite photography, since it consists primarily of suspended particulates in the upper water column. Since plastics break down to even smaller polymers, concentrations of submerged particles are not visible from space, nor do they appear as a continuous debris field. Instead, the patch is defined as an area in which the mass of plastic debris in the upper water column is significantly higher than average.