Can The Flotsam

The Can The Flotsam campaign had its start right alongside the beginnings of Protect The Ocean. We’re against ALL forms of pollution. This time, we’re taking the fight to the pollution, rather than waiting for pieces of it to drift onto the shore. PTO has been talking about the problem for years, but with the latest S.O.S., we realized that just talking about it wasn’t cutting it, and that with all of that plastic collecting out there in the Eastern Garbage Patch of the North Pacific, breaking down into tiny toxic pieces, we just couldn’t wait any longer for Somebody to do it.

So we’re looking for partners, helpers, volunteers, assistance any way we can get it. We’re looking for help in the single biggest ecological clean-up project ever! That’s right! We’re preparing to go out to that garbage patch and start picking it all up, hauling it back. What can be recycled will be. The rest will be disposed of, canned, so it can never get back to the ocean again.

Can The Flotsam has at least three prongs to it:

1) Get people to use natural cloth bags and to dispose of plastics properly (preferably by recycling, whenever possible).

2) Go out there, whatever it takes, and net, scoop, filter and haul as much plastic as humanly possible from the Eastern Garbage Patch.

3) Maintain the clean-up by returning to the area periodically to clean it up again. Accidents still happen, and we’re nowhere near neive enough to think that flotsam won’t show up there again. It has taken decades to get this bad, though, and resulted in millions of pounds of tiny toxic plastic. We’re simply going to have to keep on patroling and policing until things change. What we CAN’T afford to do is just leave it out there.

Additionally, we intend to aid Algalita Marine Research Foundation any way we can, as they work towards solutions for the existing toxicity in our increasingly synthetic oceans.

There’s a plastic garbage dump two times the size of Texas sitting out there in our oceans. Every day it sits there, it releases more toxic plastic particles into the water, killing marine life as it makes its way to our dinner tables.

We’ve sent out a S.O.S. on behalf of the oceans. Will you heed the call?

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  1. Alexa Marion says:

    The Can The Flotsam project is exactly what needs to be done to reverse the pollution in the garbage patch. In my oceanography class, I recently did a project on ocean pollution. I want to have my whole class write letters to a company that still polutes the ocean, urging them to stop and explaining why it is so harmful. However, I’m having a hard time finding a company to write to. Do you know of any specific ones? If you do PLEASE email me at Thanks so much!



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