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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

First described in a 1988 paper published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (more accurately described as a “gyre”) is among several that have been building up since the 1980s.

There are many misconceptions about the concentration of plastic in the ocean between California and Hawaii; the report above, from CBS’ 60 Minutes, clears up many of them.

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In 2015, a study established that the the main sources of the Patch are China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

According to Wikipedia’s entry on the Patch, it was “formed gradually as a result of ocean or marine pollution gathered by ocean currents.[47] It occupies a relatively stationary region of the North Pacific Ocean bounded by the North Pacific Gyre in the horse latitudes. The gyre’s rotational pattern draws in waste material from across the North Pacific, incorporating coastal waters off North America and Japan. As the material is captured in the currents, wind-driven surface currents gradually move debris toward the center, trapping it.”

Frank Woei
Frank Woei is a successful entrepreneur, brand builder and market scientist. Most recently, Frank was co-founder and Co-CEO of 4Good Inc. (​www.4good.app​), a 4Good brand engagement company that allows you to buy with your heart for Good purposes. Prior to founding 4Good Inc., Frank was the founder of Spraakit.com, a social acceleration company that uses social media and brand advocacy to drive targeted consumer and business engagement. . In the past, Frank founded several companies and worked with major brands around the world. Frank started Bellwether Interactive, an online market research and consulting firm in May, 2000. Frank has licensed the technology and business to P&G and Grey Worldwide in 2016. Kalypso, an online company to market to virtual companies was sold in 2011. Kalypso was funded by several large international funds.

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