5 Gyres Institute, a Baum Foundation supported project, embarked on its 17th expedition in August 2016 to remote regions of Arctic waters along the Northwest Passage to conduct research and engage community leaders globally about plastic marine pollution. The expedition traveled 1,687 miles through the Canadian Arctic and collected large and small micro plastics to better understand the global distribution of the smog of plastic that plague our seas.
The analysis of recent research findings showed that communities, like the remote region Pond Inlet, still consume single-use throw away plastics and rely on incineration as a solution. 5 Gyres is committed to solving the plastic problem in more efficient means on islands and remote communities like Pond Inlet.
For the first time, 5 Gyres could share, in real time, the expedition route, adventures and updates with a global audience on the Expedition Portal. The Arctic Expedition included 22 citizen scientists from Bermuda, Italy, Australia, Netherlands, and the United States. Each brought the experience and knowledge from the trip back to their communities and helped raise awareness about the issue of plastic pollution.