Episode 712: Ocean Garbage

Original Airdate: 
Monday, March 14, 2016 - Sunday, March 20, 2016
Next Airdate: 
Monday, June 27, 2016 - Sunday, July 3, 2016

Eco Company travels to Southern California to visit the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. Algalita has been conducting research about plastic in the Earth's oceans for 20 years. Sailing on the foundation's 50 foot catamaran, the Algalita, researchers have traveled around the globe to trawl for plastic in the 5 major gyres where plastic debris gathers. Adam visits the lab to see all of the plastic "confetti" which is meticulously catalogued and analyzed. What he learns will startle even those who are acutely aware of the oceans' growing issues with plastic waste.

Then Adam gets to go one-on0one with one of the founders of Earth Day. After an off-shore oil rig erupted near Santa Barbara in 1969 creating an environmental disaster on the pristine beaches of that coastal resort area, a group of activists were inspired to establish the first Earth Day. Founder Denis Hayes says the impact of that first Earth Day was more than they could have hoped for or dreamed about.

Surfing is very popular along the West Coast. But have you ever thought about the materials used in making surfboards? Jessica finds one guy who not only gave it some thought, he's making surfboards with non-toxic and sustainable materials. She catches up with him in his shop…and on the waves!