40 Tons of Plastic Pulled From Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Volunteers with the California-based nonprofit Ocean Voyages Institute returned last month from a 25-day expedition in which they ventured out on a 140-foot (43 metre) cargo sailboat fitted with a crane.

They travelled from Hawaii to the North Pacific Gyre in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, where ocean currents converge. The gyre has been nicknamed the Garbage Patch as it is believed to contain 1.8 trillion plastic items, covering an expanse of ocean three times the size of France, World Economic Forum reports.

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