These Activists Are Trying to Get a Giant Trash Patch in the Pacific Recognized as a Country

The Trash Isles have their own currency and passport

It’s no secret that there’s a huge amount of plastic garbage floating around in the North Pacific. But in a desperate attempt to fix the problem, a group of activists are trying a new approach—lobbying the United Nations to recognize one mass of trash as an actual country, so that the world’s real governments will have to help to clean it up.