In May 2006 I sailed from San Francisco to Kaua'i on a 42-foot Hans Christian wooden sailboat. It was, we thought, a slow boat: 19 days on the high seas and numerous near-disasters made for a truly epic trip, the best fun and adventure I've ever had. However, the above video is much heavier: these guys took 45+ days to get to Hawai'i, on a tiny boat made of plastic and junk!
I can attest to the Great Pacific Plastic Patch - I sailed through it on my way to Kaua'i. Solution: stop using plastic! We might as well throw away life if we're using throw away plastics. It's pretty easy, too - just stop buying everything (since it's nearly all wrapped in plastic)! ;-)