The One-Question Interview: Stiv Wilson

What kind of trash do you find when you sail across an ocean?

Jun 15, 2012
Outside Magazine
Stiv Wilson

Stiv hard at work    Photo: Stiv Wilson/

In May, plastics geek and ocean lover Stiv Wilson set sail on a 35-day voyage for the non-profit 5 Gyres Institute to follow the debris path swept into the Pacific by Japan’s 2011 tsunami.

What do you expect to find out there, Stiv?
I have dreams about artifacts from modern human culture—entire derelict fishing boats, car bumpers, a storefront—bobbing around the Pacific. We’ll find those things, but most of what we’ll encounter is everyday crap. I’ve seen hermit crabs with Coca-Cola bottle caps for shells. If you want to know where single-use plastics end up after you toss them, sail across an ocean.