One of our greatest problems besides plastic and pollution is mass consumption. The person who discovered the Pacific Garbage Patch speaks at a Ted conference and his brief Ted Talk worth watching.
August 20, 2016. Captain Moore was honored as the 2016 recipient of the Bolsa Chica Conservator of the Year Award in recognition of his dedication to the preservation of our coastal wetlands, his many years of tireless research studying the impact of plastic pollution on the marine environment and his leadership in bringing international attention to this issue threatening the health of our planet. (source: http://captain-charles-moore.org)