Starring in a role as a lonely protagonist, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes to life in the beautifully illustrated graphic novel, ”I’m Not a Plastic Bag”, by Rachel Hope Allison.
The story is told only through a series of detailed images and trails the paths of multiple pieces of garbage as they venture from their original source, all the way to the ocean. Over time, the pieces tangle together and form the giant living patch, which is then left wandering the sea in search for where it belongs.
In an interview with TreeHugger, Allison spoke about her inspiration to create the novel, “All this forgotten stuff, out in the remotest ocean, so far away from the people who created it. It gave me this sense of deep loneliness and geeky wonder by turns, and that’s what eventually led me to bring it to life as my main character.”
The graphic novel is published in association with JeffCorwinConnect Inc., a transmedia company co-founded by biologist and philanthropist Jeff Corwin, the author, lecturer, and Emmy Award-winning star of The Jeff Corwin Experience.
“Despite the fact that U.S. citizens take up only 5% of the world population, we generate 40% of our planet’s trash!” wrote Corwin in the Foreword to the book. “The good news is that each one of us, no matter where you are from, or how old you are, has the power and the responsibility to keep our Earth clean.”
Through the efforts of American Forests and the Global ReLeaf Program, for each tree that is cut down for the printing of I’m Not a Plastic Bag, two trees will be planted.
The book is available from Amazon.