Think "island" and what you see in your mind's eyes would be tropical sun, coconut trees; a place to have fun on. Sail towards the North Pacific Gyre and you will see a very different kind of island. It is named the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" because of the vast quantities of plastic and marine debris drawn towards the swirling vortex of ocean currents.
Plastic takes a long time to disintegrate in the environment and are more likely to end up in the stomachs of marine birds and animals.
Find out from Algalita Marine Research Foundation how this can affect nature and what we can do about it.
What else can you do about it?
Read about California's Take-It-Back Program to make it easier for customers to recycle their plastic bags at their grocery stores.
Answer Helle's call from Australia for plastic bags so that she can create something beautiful out of them.
Be a Creative Recycler and get hooked on Abandoned Material Arty-fication projects.