“The Great Tide of Junk”: Garbage Politics in a Throwaway World

Two million plastic bags are distributed per minute worldwide. The amount of plastic produced in a year is roughly the entire weight of the human beings living upon it. The oceanic Great Pacific Garbage Patch of floating plastic is three times the size of France. Coca-Cola alone sends out 120 billion plastic bottles each year – enough to circle our planet 700 times. We must recognize excessive waste for what it is: a shocking loss of resources at the cost of our environment, engineered by the very system we are living under.