There is a depressing floating slurry of man-made garbage floating in the ocean known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Comprised of plastics, discarded sailing equipment, and chemical sludge, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is bigger than France, Germany and Spain combined and is the result of the fact that humanity relies too much on plastic consumptions. The garbage breaks down into micro particles that both spread BPA poisons in the water and is consumed by sea animals.
Fortunately conservatory organization The Ocean Cleanup is at work on a major ocean cleanup of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Founded off the work of young environmentalist Boyan Slat, the foundation has created a series of multi-level trawls and nets to capture free-floating materials. The trawls are powered by solar energy and the currents around them, and collect the materials as they pass through with the currents. The debris is then collected by other ships every six to eight weeks and taken back to the mainland for recycling.
This is fascinating and potentially life-saving work that has been undertaken by Slat and his organization. If you would like to know more, visit their website.