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New documentary explores ‘floating garbage islands’

An upcoming documentary examines the growing problem of marine pollution, focusing on the huge islands of plastic trash increasingly found floating in the Pacific Ocean.

“There is a collection – a vortex – of these ‘islands’ floating in the Pacific,” says Veronica Grey, a.k.a. the “Surf Lady., the filmmaker behind “Aqua Seafoam Shame,” which is set to debut in January 2013. “Fifteen years ago it was the size of Texas, but now it’s the size of the continental United States.”

Plastic in the ocean has far-reaching implications that, if not addressed within 20 years, could change life on this planet, Grey says.

To date, 177 species of sea life are known to ingest plastic; other species feed on those creatures, extending the chain of damage.

“People eat the seafood that eats plastic and the planet gets its rain from the oceans, which are being polluted at an exponential rate,” she says.

Click here for a sneak preview of the documentary.