It's a new year, and we're getting to work.
Dear Friends of 5 Gyres,
We are marching into 2022 with rested minds, full hearts, and hopeful spirits! This will be the year of exciting movement in regards to local and national plastic pollution policy, brand new scientific research, and increased 5 Gyres ambassador engagement.
Thanks to you and your support, we raised nearly $300,000 that will directly support our education, science, advocacy, ambassador, and TrashBlitz programming in order to further our mission of eradicating plastic pollution at the source.
You have shown us that you want a sustainable future, starting NOW. So, let’s get to work.
Team 5 Gyres -
Anna, Marcus, Lisa, Ginger, Sara, Rachel, Alison, Eliseo, Andra, and Doshi
P.S. Didn’t get a chance to donate before the year ended? Show your support for 2022 HERE ([link removed]) !
Read our 2021 Impact Report ([link removed])
Just Dropped: New Trash Academy Season
We've officially launched Season 2 of Trash Academy! A new episode will drop every Tuesday, so keep an eye on our YouTube channel ([link removed]) so you don't miss any educational updates from our Education & Outreach Coordinator, Eliseo.
Finding solutions to the plastic crisis requires first understanding the different ways plastic is used all around the world. Season 2 focuses on a sector-based approach by analyzing how plastic is used across different industries, from electronics to agriculture.
Watch Episode 1: Durable Goods ([link removed])
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Why PHA? An Update on Our Study
There is a race to replace fossil fuel-based plastics with better alternatives, and 5 Gyres remains at the forefront of science research to study the long-term impact of these materials in the environment. PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) has received a lot of attention lately. Many PHA producers and companies claim that it is biodegradable, but is it really?
We are in the middle of an 18-month study to determine the degradability of PHA. Dr. Marcus Eriksen and his team of researchers are monitoring PHA plastic samples buried in terrestrial and aquatic environments in California, Maine, and Florida.
As we work to influence policy makers and industry with our philosophy of science-to-solutions, it's our mission to empower the public with information on the issue to make responsible choices.
A Message from Marcus ([link removed])
ICYMI: More 5 Gyres News
* Our Plastic-Free National Parks campaign is making progress! After garnering nearly 60,000 petition signatures ([link removed]) , the coalition met with the U.S. Department of the Interior to discuss banning the sale of single-use plastic in national parks. Stay tuned for more updates and action alerts!
* ProGrade Digital ([link removed]) and MOM's Organic Market ([link removed]) joined our mission as our newest corporate partners!
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