Through zero-visibility fog, iceberg-laden seas, and “soul-chilling” dampness, the 5 Gyres Viking Expedition Crew emerged safely from their 2,500 nautical mile journey from Bermuda to Iceland. All along the way, they conducted invaluable research on plastic pollution in remote waters never investigated before.
Preliminary findings in the region uncover microplastic particles present in every surface sample collected as well as evidence of microplastics below the surface – an area of plastic pollution science that is still largely unknown. Learn more about our findings from ourJune 27th Press Release.
We also encourage you to read more about this historic expedition on our website blog. Here’s a link to a blog post from sea written by crew member, Allison Cook with The Story of Stuff:
Hats off to our Viking Expedition 2014 Crew Members for their hard work and dedication to this important issue:
Allison Cook – The Story of Stuff Project
Aly Tharp – Env. Photographer & Activist
Brett “Mr. Eco” Edwards – Env. Rap Superhero
Carolyn Rosevelt – Marine Scientist
Genevieve Abedon – Animal Science Academic
La Benida Hui – Founder of R.A.R.E.
Sergio Izquirdero – Wildlife/Conserv. Photog.
Tiffany Paige – Actress & Blog/Video Host
Thanks also to our Expedition Sponsors:
- The Seaver Institute
- ACURE Organics
- Adventure Aquarium
- Brush with Bamboo
- Clean Planetware
- Helly Hanson
- Klean Kanteen
- Ocean Care
- Osprey Packs
- Rainbow Light
- World Centric
- Zeal Optics
And thank YOU for your continued support.
We couldn’t conduct our research, develop our educational programs and solve the plastic pollution problem without generous support.
There’s Still Time to Double Your Donation!
We’ve been able to extend the deadline for the Klean Kanteen Matching Grant so that
Every dollar you donate to 5 Gyres until July 31 will be matched 1:1 by Klean Kanteen, up to $15,000!
These much needed funds are critical for 5 Gyres to:
- Continue the push to Ban Microbeads
- Conduct ocean research
- Implement education programs worldwide
- Ramp up the Plastic Beach Research Project
Thank you again for doing your part to save our seas and fight for a Planet Free of Plastic Pollution!
Many thanks to all!
The 5 Gyres Team