The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the world’s largest accumulation of ocean plastics. Brought together by circulating ocean currents, this swirling mass of microplastics and debris that’s three times the size of France is a testament to our irresponsible and pervasive use of plastics. There is 180x more plastic here than marine life, and 84% of this plastic contains toxic chemicals that can bioaccumulate and eventually poison us. Each piece of plastic made its way here through a series of deliberate actions made by individuals. Individual actions can bring about change too. Let’s start today by avoiding single-use plastics and making sure to reduce, reuse, and recycle.