as if you really needed one. the great pacific garbage patch is a mass of suspended plastic and other debris trapped by the current of the north pacific gyre. it's a big swirling vortex of trash halfway between hawaii and los angeles, including accidentally overboard nike shoes and taco bell wrappers from carrier ships, bottles and cans left on beaches, discarded fishing nets and lines, and wind driven garbage. the debris breaks into smaller fragments, resembling plankton, killing ocean life. it also blocks sunlight from getting to the area below the garbage, which is about twice the size of texas. what can you do? recycle your plastic- all of it. use less, re-use more.