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Thinking global and acting local, Julie Grundy takes on any challenge we throw at her.

Helping to fix the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Bottled water in a store

Cut the plastic, help save our oceans.

Credit: JulieG

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We've talked here before about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - an area in the Pacific that's like a soup of plasticy bits we've let loose on the world, only for them to get washed out to sea and gathered into one place by the currents.

But did you know that it's not the only one? There are actually five gyres swirling in our oceans, slow-moving whirlpool areas that trap our plastic pollution. They're building up not just in the North Pacific, but also in the South Pacific, the North and South Atlantic, and the Indian Oceans. You can find out more about them at 5 Gyres.org.

Since attention has been drawn to the problem, people are trying to figure out a plan to clean up this mess. However, it's not going to be easy: we have to find a way to scoop up the little plastic bits without picking up tiny marine life as well. And once we've picked it all up, where are we going to put it all?

So it seems that one way we can help fix this problem is to simply stop adding to this growing problem. As Brian Merchant points out over at Planet Green, we've got to stop the flow at the source before we can drain the pool.

And that's where some of our G Challenges have been useful. Plastics are built to last for generations, but designed to be disposable. By giving up bottled water, take-away coffee cups, excess packaging on our food, and so on, we're making the job easier for Captain Charles Moore and the other activists working to clean up our oceans. There's no need for us to support that kind of wastefulness, and I'm glad that our fantastic G Challengers have done their bit to help out by changing our habits!

PS - if you're interested to learn more about the plague of plastic in our oceans, keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming March/April issue of G, on shelves the first week of March, for a revealing special report.