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5 Gyres Institute

The 5 Gyres Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of plastic waste, particularly in the world’s oceans.

In 2011, 5 Gyres completed the first global survey of plastic marine pollution, finding evidence of plastic across all 5 subtropical “gyres”, oceanic current systems where plastic waste accumulates. In addition to contaminating precious marine ecosystems, plastic waste threatens wildlife, and poses risks to human health as toxic chemicals from plastic enter our food chain.

Utilizing research based scientific findings, 5 Gyres engages corporate partners, policymakers, and the general public to reduce plastic pollution by improving product design, recovery systems, and by highlighting individual responsibility for plastic waste.

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