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  5 Gyres · [email protected]
January 31, 2024 at 6:02 PM

What do national parks and fashion have in common?

What do national parks and fashion have in common? Two ways to get involved with 5 Gyres! Can you guess what national parks have in common with the clothes you’re wearing? The answer is PLASTIC.Plastic pollution is more than just the 170 trillion plastic particles floating at sea. It’s …
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
January 10, 2024 at 5:07 PM

The numbers are in...

The numbers are in... YOU played a role in the fight against plastic pollution Dear 5 Gyres Community,As we reflect on the past year, we’re proud of all that we were able to accomplish together. Whether you called on your representatives to take action, submitted data via our TrashBlitz…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
December 28, 2023 at 6:05 PM

A message from Team 5 Gyres...

A message from Team 5 Gyres... Last chance to give in 2023! Dear Friends of 5 Gyres,Thank you for joining us this month as we explored 5 Gyres’ work to reduce harm from plastic pollution on people and the planet (with a focus on Parks, Policy, Parkas, and PHA).Did you know that YOU were…
  Marcus Eriksen · [email protected]
December 19, 2023 at 4:45 PM

Give the gift of transparency this holiday season!

Give the gift of transparency this holiday season! Find out what REALLY happens to your biodegradable fork... Dear Truth Seekers,By now, you know that we’re not cleaning up the ocean… but we ARE vetting novel materials (like PHA) that can help bridge the gap between single-use and reuse…
  Lisa Erdle · [email protected]
December 13, 2023 at 4:49 PM

Help us reduce the most ubiquitous microplastic in the world 🧵

Help us reduce the most ubiquitous microplastic in the world 🧵 Hello Friends of 5 Gyres,We’re not cleaning up the ocean, but we ARE working on solutions that will reduce the most common microplastic found in the environment – microfibers.You may not think of the clothing you’re wearing r…
  Alison Waliszewski · [email protected]
December 6, 2023 at 5:02 PM

More Parks, Less Plastic

More Parks, Less Plastic & the role of policy in reducing plastic pollution Dear Advocates,As we hinted in our last email to you, we aren’t cleaning up the ocean… but we ARE using science-based data from our Plastic Free Parks project to push for critical policy efforts! Our brand n…
  Anna Cummins · [email protected]
November 28, 2023 at 4:32 PM

Why we’re not cleaning up the ocean.

Why we’re not cleaning up the ocean. Support REAL solutions on Giving Tuesday Dear Friends of 5 Gyres,Thank you for faithfully following along with us this year as we navigate the sometimes tumultuous waters of science, advocacy, and education in the plastic pollution space. You and you…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
November 14, 2023 at 5:15 PM

Do bioplastics break down? The results are in...

Do bioplastics break down? The results are in... Better Alternatives 3.0 is out now! A product may be labeled as "compostable" or "biodegradable", but what actually happens if it ends up in the environment? 5 Gyres' new report, Better Alterna…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
October 18, 2023 at 4:15 PM

Microfibers: the good, the bad & the future

Microfibers: the good, the bad & the future An update on our filtration bill Dear Friends of 5 Gyres, Last week, we received the unfortunate news that Governor Newsom vetoed our bill (AB 1628), which would have required new washi…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
September 13, 2023 at 5:01 PM

Sailing & Hiking for Solutions

Sailing & Hiking for Solutions Plus, two ways to take action now! Dear Friends of 5 Gyres, This month, the 5 Gyres team is getting out into the field (or the park, or the ocean), to support science that drives solutions. We're s…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
August 9, 2023 at 4:02 PM

The true cost of fashion... 👀

The true cost of fashion... 👀 Microfibers = Macroproblem The true cost of fashion is more than what's shown on the price tag.  Dive into our new resource page that unravels the facts about the textile industry and offers actions both…
  The 5 Gyres Institute · [email protected]
July 12, 2023 at 4:36 PM

🚨 HOT OFF THE PRESS: New 5 Gyres Research

🚨 HOT OFF THE PRESS: New 5 Gyres Research Sectors, Seabirds, & Structures NEW 5 Gyres Published ResearchOur 10+ years of research on ocean and terrestrial plastics leads us to focus on understanding specific sources, or sectors, that generate plastic pollution, in order to create mo…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
June 14, 2023 at 5:22 PM

Navigating Microfiber Pollution & Solutions ⛵

Navigating Microfiber Pollution & Solutions ⛵ 5 ways to get involved with 5 Gyres... Microfibers = Macro Problem Microfibers are released from our clothes every day, contaminating our air, water, agricultural lands, and ocean. 5 …
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
May 17, 2023 at 5:39 PM

What is greenwashing?

What is greenwashing? Watch this video to find out! WHAT IS GREENWASHING? 5 Gyres' Eliseo breaks it down in this video 👇 Now that you know what greenwashing is, what are we going to do about it?   5 Gyres is leadin…
  Lisa Erdle | 5 Gyres · [email protected]
May 3, 2023 at 4:24 PM

‘Cause you can look right through me, walk right by me...

‘Cause you can look right through me, walk right by me… Support science to solutions! Dear 5 Gyres Supporters (and hopefully Chicago/Broadway fans), In today’s fast-moving consumer goods society, transparency is conside…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
April 21, 2023 at 3:16 PM

Join our community science project!

Join our community science project! Plastic-Free Parks is back, and we need your help! Help Us Collect Data on Plastic Pollution in National Parks!   After a successful pilot project last year, 5 Gyres is making Plastic-Free Parks an annual ca…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
April 12, 2023 at 4:04 PM

Mountains and deserts and oceans, oh my!

Mountains and deserts and oceans, oh my! Join us for Earth Month 🌎 Dear Friends of 5 Gyres, Let's celebrate Earth Month, together! When we think about the Earth, we envision powerful rivers and rugged mountains, blue oceans and vast …
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
March 27, 2023 at 6:02 PM

A load of laundry releases 18 million WHAT?!

A load of laundry releases 18 million WHAT?! 🚨Take action on microfiber pollution in California Did you know that a single load of laundry can release up to 18 million microfibers!?  These tiny fibers are released into …
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
March 8, 2023 at 7:17 PM

🚨 BREAKING: this is how much plastic is in the ocean...

🚨 BREAKING: this is how much plastic is in the ocean... Read the new Global Estimate of Marine Plastic Pollution PLASTIC SMOG ALERT: There are more than 170 trillion pieces of plastic afloat in the world's ocean, but s…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
February 8, 2023 at 5:00 PM

Change starts with community, and we need you!

Change starts with community, and we need you! Apply for the TrashBlitz Community Fund Introducing the TrashBlitz Community Fund! Big change starts at the community level, and our TrashBlitz research platform is a pro…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
January 11, 2023 at 5:02 PM

Science, Advocacy & Community in 2023

Science, Advocacy & Community in 2023 It's a new year, and we're getting to work. Dear Friends of 5 Gyres, 2022 was a big year, leading to several wins in the fight against plastic pollution -- from the start of negotiations towa…
  Alison Waliszewski | 5 Gyres · [email protected]
December 21, 2022 at 5:14 PM

In Plastic Pollution Policy We Trust

In Plastic Pollution Policy We Trust Dear Advocates, If we’re not cleaning up the oceans, what exactly are we doing? In recent newsletters, we took you on a journey upstream to show how we address the root of the plast…
  Sara Mais | 5 Gyres · [email protected]
December 14, 2022 at 5:15 PM

Let's do this, together 🤝

Let's do this, together 🤝 Individuals + Organizations + Corporations = Change Dear Changemaker,   Over our 14-year tenure working on plastic pollution issues, we’ve learned that there is no one silver bullet solution. …
  Lisa Erdle | 5 Gyres · [email protected]
December 7, 2022 at 5:14 PM

What travels more than a suitcase?

What travels more than a suitcase? Microfibers are the ultimate jetsetters To our close-knit community,   Honduras, Antarctica, Korea, San Francisco…what do these global destinations have in common? Turns out, microfib…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
November 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Forget Giving Tuesday...

Forget Giving Tuesday... Let's give to the Earth instead! Dear Friends of 5 Gyres, It’s Giving Tuesday, but we’re celebrating “Give to the Earth Tuesday” instead, because the planet is really the one that needs your help. Watch our v…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
November 18, 2022 at 9:08 PM

You're Invited: State of the Science Webinar

You're Invited: State of the Science Webinar Because science literacy is sexy! YOU'RE INVITED! Plastic is complex! It's ubiquitous in our everyday lives -- wrapping the food we eat, making up the clothes we wear, and …
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
November 9, 2022 at 5:25 PM

What's polluting our national parks?

What's polluting our national parks? Forget about recycling... reuse is the future. PLASTIC IN OUR PARKS More than 500 volunteers joined the #PlasticFreeParks TrashBlitz this summer to collect data on plastic pollutio…
  Anna Cummins | 5 Gyres · [email protected]
November 3, 2022 at 4:15 PM

Join Us on a Quest for the Truth

Join Us on a Quest for the Truth Dear Friends of 5 Gyres, Thank you for your continued dedication to 5 Gyres’ mission and vision toward a planet free of plastic pollution. Your support means the world to us as we finish a year’s worth…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
October 12, 2022 at 4:47 PM

Sharing Sectors in South Korea

Sharing Sectors in South Korea and some updates within textiles, single-use plastics, and beauty Dear Friends of 5 Gyres, We are coming off of a productive trip to South Korea where our team shared science and discussed solutions at …
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
September 14, 2022 at 4:00 PM

A Gift from Jack Johnson 💙

A Gift from Jack Johnson 💙 Thanks to our friend Jack Johnson, you can double your impact this month! The Johnson Ohana Foundation is matching donations to 5 Gyres through October 15. Make a donation, select Jack Johnson…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
August 10, 2022 at 4:04 PM

"Science to Solutions" in Action!

"Science to Solutions" in Action! Dear Friends of 5 Gyres, As you probably know, our motto is "science to solutions". At our core, we use research and data to work toward viable, scalable solutions that address the plastic crisis. Thi…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
July 27, 2022 at 7:44 PM

GIVEAWAY: Win Plastic-Free National Parks Swag!

GIVEAWAY: Win Plastic-Free National Parks Swag! Dear Friends of 5 Gyres, Earlier this month, we kicked off our Plastic-Free Parks TrashBlitz campaign to collect data on plastic pollution in U.S. National Parks. We've had more than 500…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
July 13, 2022 at 4:00 PM

Take action for Plastic Free July!

Take action for Plastic Free July! Dear Friends of 5 Gyres, It's Plastic Free July, and the time to take action is NOW! This newsletter is dedicated to ways you can take part this month -- and beyond. From participating in community s…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
June 24, 2022 at 3:04 PM

You're Invited: Plastic-Free Parks TrashBlitz 🌄

You're Invited: Plastic-Free Parks TrashBlitz 🌄 Help us get plastic out of national parks! Help Us Collect Data on Plastic Pollution in National Parks!   This summer, we are mobilizing volunteers around the country to document plastic pollutio…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
June 8, 2022 at 4:15 PM

From national park summits to remote beaches in Honduras

From national park summits to remote beaches in Honduras Happy World Oceans Day! Dear Friends of 5 Gyres, Happy World Oceans Day! The ocean is fundamental to who we are at 5 Gyres. More than a decade ago, we set off to find out how m…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
May 11, 2022 at 4:00 PM

A Plastic-Free Future in Los Angeles

A Plastic-Free Future in Los Angeles How will this affect local businesses and food vendors? A Plastic-Free Future in Los Angeles We're celebrating two huge Earth Month wins in Los Angeles! LA County p…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
April 13, 2022 at 4:00 PM

A World of Solutions to a Plastic Planet

A World of Solutions to a Plastic Planet Our ambassadors are changing the world. Here's how... Dear Friends of 5 Gyres, Happy Earth Month! We're celebrating by shining a light on 5 Gyres Ambassadors who are creating change around the…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
March 9, 2022 at 7:00 PM

A Glimmer of Hope

A Glimmer of Hope The most important environmental accord since the 2015 Paris Agreement Dear Friends of 5 Gyres, It's difficult to celebrate anything as Ukraine fights for its freedom, but a new plastics treaty on the horizon gives …
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
February 9, 2022 at 5:15 PM

Everything You Need to Know About a Global Treaty on Plastics

Everything You Need to Know About a Global Treaty on Plastics ...and the chance to ask a scientist anything!  Dear Friends of 5 Gyres, This is a pivotal month in the plastic pollution movement. On February 28, global leaders will mee…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
January 12, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Your Donations at Work: Science & Education Updates from 5 Gyres

Your Donations at Work: Science & Education Updates from 5 Gyres 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…
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
December 31, 2021 at 10:19 PM

A special year-end video message for you!

A special year-end video message for you! We had fun making this one 😉 Dear Friends, We wanted to end the year with something fun, so please join our new Director of Science & Innovation, Lisa, as she embarks on a journey to a pl…
  Rachel Labbe-Bellas | 5 Gyres · [email protected]
December 31, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Last chance to donate to 5 Gyres this year! Give by MIDNIGHT tonight for a tax-deductible donation in 2021

Last chance to donate to 5 Gyres this year! Give by MIDNIGHT tonight for a tax-deductible donation in 2021 Happy New Year's Eve! Before you start celebrating the end of our second pandemic year, remember to donate to 5 Gyres by MIDNIG…
  Marcus Eriksen | 5 Gyres · [email protected]
December 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM

We only need $20k more to fund our PHA study

We only need $20k more to fund our PHA study Dear fellow science enthusiasts, To solve any problem you need a common set of facts to work with. From the day we began 5 Gyres, we’ve put science first, as the foundation for everything w…
  Alison Waliszewski | 5 Gyres · [email protected]
December 15, 2021 at 6:22 PM

My world’s on fire, how ‘bout yours? Donate to help us put it out.

My world’s on fire, how ‘bout yours? Donate to help us put it out. Hello everyone, What a year it has been for our planet! Among the many natural disasters, political upheavals, and numerous crude oil spills litera…
  Eliseo Nevarez | 5 Gyres · [email protected]
December 8, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Micro donations + Microplastic education = Macro impact

Micro donations + Microplastic education = Macro impact Hi Friends,  Since most of you know me as the guy in the Trash Academy videos, I have a special end of year message just for you. Click here to view it! …
  Marina Ivlev | 5 Gyres · [email protected]
November 30, 2021 at 5:30 PM

5 Gyres’ next expedition...to the moon?! 🚀

5 Gyres’ next expedition...to the moon?! 🚀 Hello normies,  Bitcoin, Etherium, Dogecoin, Shiba Inu, NFTs, normies...what does this all mean?! The future has arrived and we are in the middle of a generational shift on how …
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
November 23, 2021 at 9:47 PM

New Podcast Episode 🎧: Shifting the Story of Environmental Justice

New Podcast Episode 🎧: Shifting the Story of Environmental Justice Episode 3:  Shifting the Story of Environmental Justice   Anna chats with Jordan Howard about her rise from teenage eco-sensation to an …
  Lisa Erdle | 5 Gyres · [email protected]
November 17, 2021 at 4:59 PM

You’re breathing in plastic!

You’re breathing in plastic!   Washing and drying our clothing is contaminating the air we breathe. It’s true. Based on our research with SFEI in 2019, we found a high concentration of microfibers in stormwater runoff, l…
  Anna Cummins | 5 Gyres · [email protected]
October 27, 2021 at 5:00 PM

What do fuzzy sweaters, strawberry fields, and fishing nets have in common?

What do fuzzy sweaters, strawberry fields, and fishing nets have in common?   Dear Friends,    I’ll never forget the day I discovered my passion for all things environment while reading an article about mold and rot as a …
  5 Gyres · [email protected]
October 20, 2021 at 5:48 PM

Missed our "State of the Science?" Watch the recording!

Missed our "State of the Science?" Watch the recording! Missed our "State of the Science?" Watch the recording below! We discussed the impact plastic has on our soil, environment, and health as well as touching on what future scienti…