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Eighth Continent Discovered: The Secret Continent

secret continentFor your next vacation, consider taking a trip to the newest continent on Earth, The Secret Continent, and enjoy the Museum of Modern Junk, dine on Plastic Bouillabaisse, dress in Debris Couture, and even see some celebrities!

This eighth continent is a charming destination, brought to you in part by big soda companies and their plastic bottles, and is conveniently located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean:

OK, so The Secret Continent is not a fancy resort, but it is real, and to raise awareness of this heinous ocean phenomenon, the home beverage carbonation company SodaStream, in partnership with the 5Gyres project and the Earth Day Network (EDN) wants to have the Great Pacific Garbage Patch recognized as the eighth continent of the world.

“‘The Secret Continent’ represents the floating garbage island, which is larger than many countries, and SodaStream is seeking to have it acknowledged as the world’s eighth continent by the international community, challenging the world’s population to sign an online petition that will be sent directly to global leaders. The petition urges them to publicly acknowledge ‘The Secret Continent’ and take proactive measures to change the way plastic is used and discarded. In doing so, plastic pollution will be highlighted and no longer ignored.”

After you’ve signed the petition, if you’ve got a catchy name for this new continent, or a design for its new flag, you can enter them for a chance to win a new SodaStream drinks maker, which could reduce the number of drink containers used by up to 2,000 bottles and cans each year (average US family).

“We all know that plastic debris doesn’t biodegrade, but we don’t think enough about where it actually ends up, and the danger all this plastic imposes on birds, animals, plants, micro-organisms and seawater. The Secret Continent Campaign isn’t just a publicity stunt. It’s a serious effort to advocate for the health of our oceans and the survival of our planet. We are thrilled to join SodaStream on this mission.” – Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network




6 comments
  1. Narotam Lathia

    This is truly astounding. The manufacturers of the plastic should be made to clean it up! Would not some capitalist be interested in this as a free source of recyclable plastic?

      1. Thomas Scott Mckaughan

        That’s no excuse for not trying. It actually could make it easier because you could gather more in less area because they are not hollow like a plastic soda bottle.

  2. Narotam Lathia

    This is truly astounding. The manufacturers of the plastic should be made to clean it up! Would not some capitalist be interested in this as a free source of recyclable plastic?

      1. Thomas Scott Mckaughan

        That’s no excuse for not trying. It actually could make it easier because you could gather more in less area because they are not hollow like a plastic soda bottle.

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