Good news...we may no longer have to cut down trees to build our house. We can build a neighborhood, homes and a school on our own island of trash in the Pacific Ocean.
In the Pacific Ocean there is a Texas-sized mass of plastic floating between San Francisco and Hawaii. The 3.5 million ton manifestation of our ignorance even has a name: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
This particular part of the Pacific has a weak current and winds that surround the area in circular motions. Therefore, the flip-flop you lose in the ocean is pulled into the patch and unable to float out.
Over 257 species suffer every year from this ocean-fill. Thousands of mammals like dolphins and sharks have died from swallowing the debris. The magnitude of the situation would require billions to clean up and therefore is not on the government's agenda.
So next time in the grocery store...paper or plastic? (Hint: the answer is Tote Bag)