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Women Set Sail in the Name of Science

An all-female crew is circumnavigating the globe researching causes of and solutions for ocean plastic pollution

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The eXXpedition route

“It wasn’t until I moved to Bali that I became acutely aware of the devastating impacts of plastic pollution.”

Indonesia one of the world’s largest producers of plastic waste, disposing of 3.2 million tons per year, second only to China.

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Sally Earthrowl at the helm

“It was eye-opening. I hadn’t seen anyone at sea for about 10 days and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing off the side of the boat: a plastic chair with all four legs floating in the middle of the ocean, half a toilet seat, all these identifiable items that we use in our everyday lives that somehow makes their way to this remote location on our planet.”

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Processing a sample of microplastics

“You don’t have to be a sailor or a scientist. Everybody uses plastic. Everybody lives on this planet. So all of us need to be part of the solution.”

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Microplastics found in the Pacific Ocean gyre

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