Reading: Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea, by Donovan Hohn.
The author goes in search of 28,800 plastic bath toys that fell off a cargo ship in 1992. He ends up writing about how plastic waste cycles through our oceans, the cultural significance of things like rubber ducks, and his time on boats. Here are some pieces, in article form: http://www.harpers.org/archive/2007/01/0081345. Definitely worth a read.