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Method's New Soap Bottle Is Made From Pacific Garbage Patch Trash

Green soap company Method is releasing a new line of soap packaged in bottles made from plastic recycled from the Pacific Garbage Patch near Hawaii.

Designer cleaning product company Method is one of the latest businesses to try to chip away at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a large mass of plastic debris in waters off the coast of Hawaii.

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Swimming With the Trash: A Marine Drone Seeks to Scoop up Plastic

Designers propose an underwater drone to help clean the oceans.

While there's been plenty of media pointing out or raising awareness about the disaster submerged right beneath sea level— the mountain-sized patch of plastic and other garbage that's been collecting in oceans around the world, particularly in the Pacific—there's less attention to some of the solutions that are currently in the works. Part of the reason is that the problem seems so huge (indeed, it's beyond the point of return) and so distant that it's not necessarily the easiest to conceive of steps to take action against.

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Video: Van Jones Speaks at TEDxGPGP on the Economic Injustice of Plastic

Van Jones talks about the injustices—health, economic, environmental—of plastic and our addiction to disposability.

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I'd plug Van Jones into a number of speaker slots for a great variety of environmental themes, but he probably wouldn't have been at the top of my mind to speak about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. So it's a good thing that I wasn't programming the TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch event, because Jones gave a great talk, connecting the production, transportation, disposal, and even recycling of plastic to economic and health injustices.

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