5 Gyres

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5 Gyres is an organization aimed at reducing plastics pollution. They have traveling exhibits,[1] and summarize topic relevant research. Their traveling activities include stops at universities[2] and educational discussions.[3]

5 Gyres was one of two organizations that recently researched the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.[4][5] They also presented their results at the Aquarium of the Pacific[6] and have been cited as a source for estimating the size of the gyres.[7] 5 Gyres explained their activities at a National Aquarium radio broadcast,[8] has been featured at the Two Oceans Aquarium website,[9] and has prepared, along with the Goody Awards, tips on how to reduce plastic consumption.[10] 5 Gyres has also worked with environmental artist Marina DeBris in using trashion to help raise awareness of ocean trash.[11]

5 Gyres was founded by Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen. Eriksen and Cummins have been featured speakers at universities[12] and in news stories.[13][14][15][16] Anna Cummins has also been awarded the Golden Goody Award, during a meeting of the Los Angeles chapter of the USNC for UN WOMEN First Annual Special Assembly.[17]

Before founding 5 Gyres, Cummins and Eriksen had worked at the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, with founder Charles J. Moore, who is currently a scientific advisor for 5 Gyres.[18]


  1. ^ "5 Gyres: Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans at the Santa Monica Public Library". City of Santa Monica. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "5 Gyres Bike Tour to Stop at UNCW". University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Lawrence, Stratton. "The 5 Gyres team travels to Chucktown to discuss the Great Pacific Garbage Patch". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Hoare, Rose (22 May 2012). "Research ship finds the world's oceans are 'plasticized'". CNN. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Investigators Analyze Plastic Soup in World's Five Oceanic Gyres". Environmental News Service. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "5 Gyres: Saving our Synthetic Seas". Aquarium of the Pacific. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Boyle, Lisa Kaas (31 March 2012). "Kyra Sedgwick Leads Global Call to End Plastic Pollution at United Nations". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "January 1, 2013: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch". Blue View radio series. National Aquarium. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Marcus, Eriksen. "5 Gyres Q&A: Thinking about solutions". Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town, South Africa. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Goody Awards Launches Green Plastic-Free Holiday Campaign with 5 Gyres". Yahoo News, summarizing a PRWeb story. 2 December 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Novak, Brennan. "Marina Debris aka Garbage Girl rocks trash couture in Japan". 5 Gyres. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Perils of Plastic: Notes from the Oceans and the Great Lakes". Earth Week. SUNY Fredonia. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  13. ^ Gray, Ronal. "Activists ride road, waves for ocean plight". San Diego Community News. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Plastic Trash in Oceans Enters Marine Food Chain". Voice of America. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "MIIS Alumna Discovers Second Ocean Garbage Patch Filled with Plastic Debris". news item from Monterey Institute of International Studies. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Trash found in fish". ABC News. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  17. ^ James, Mitch (25 December 2012). "Golden Goody Award Presented To Anna Cummins At UN Women LA Event". Santa Monica Mirror. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "5 Gyres, Advisors and Staff". 5 Gyres. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 

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