Lake Ontario's plastic soup

Ugh.

Just like the infamous garbage patches of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, our own backyard has been turned into a plastic soup - only our lakes have even higher concentrations of plastics than the biggest ocean garbage patches.

I had the opportunity to join 5 Gyres expeditions in 2012 and 2013 to both the Western Pacific Garbage Patch and Lake Ontario, and the most frustrating thing about the experience was realizing just how unnecessary the plastic polluting our water really is.