Bottle Boy: Short film teaches the importance of not throwing waste in the oceans

Plastic Free Pledge, the Hove-based anti-plastics charity, is doing its bit to publicise the risk to the oceans with a short film, Bottle Boy. The two-minute film tells the story of a lonely nine-year-old who tries to find friends by throwing a message in a plastic bottle into the sea in Brighton. But when a council litter picker – played by Jason Flemyng – sees … Continue reading Bottle Boy: Short film teaches the importance of not throwing waste in the oceans

Guppyfriend washing bag helping to stop micro waste by keeping microfibres out of the waterways

Synthetic textiles, which contain plastic fibres, are huge contributors to plastic waste in the oceans. And so with each wash of clothes and fabrics made from synthetic textiles – including polyester, nylon, and acrylic – countless plastic fibers, known as microfibres, from such textiles are making their way from washing machines into rivers and oceans. The Guppyfriend washing bag was created as a solution to keeping … Continue reading Guppyfriend washing bag helping to stop micro waste by keeping microfibres out of the waterways

VICE News documentary shows the huge effort to rid the oceans of plastic

The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, or eight million tonnes of plastic every year. It’s estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. In the documentary below, VICE News visited one of the most polluted beaches in the world, Kamilo Point in Hawaii, to explore how that plastic is … Continue reading VICE News documentary shows the huge effort to rid the oceans of plastic

4Ocean: Cleaning up the oceans “one bracelet, one pound” at a time

A humble mala-style bracelet, made from recycled glass beads and a cord made from recycled plastic water bottles, is helping to fund beach cleanups and to deploy sea captains to “fish” trash out of the ocean. 4Ocean is a global movement that allows anyone from anywhere in the world to join the team and help in ocean trash removal efforts. These cleanup operations are entirely financed by the sale … Continue reading 4Ocean: Cleaning up the oceans “one bracelet, one pound” at a time

Ocean Sole: Animal sculptures made from discarded flip flops

Ocean Sole is turning flip-flop pollution into art and functional products to promote conservation of the planet’s oceans. The Kenya-based social enterprise, which was founded in 2007, has created a multitude of beautiful animal sculptures – including a giraffe, elephant, zebra, gorilla and warthog – from a colourful array of rubber. The fun and eye-catching sculptures, with their kaleidoscope of colours, range in size from … Continue reading Ocean Sole: Animal sculptures made from discarded flip flops

eXXpedition: All-women voyage highlights plastic in the ocean

eXXpedition, an all-women microplastic research expedition, completed a round trip of Britain in the Summer to raise awareness of ocean plastic and sample the water to see what damage is being done. The month long voyage aboard S/V Sea Dragon, which started in Plymouth on 8 August, sailed into the heart of all four of Britain’s capital cities, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh and London, as well as to the Isle … Continue reading eXXpedition: All-women voyage highlights plastic in the ocean

Trash Isles: Call for plastic waste patch to get country status so leaders acknowledge the problem

LADbible has launched a campaign to have an expanding heap of plastic waste the size of France, penned as the Trash Isles, recognised by the UN to get government officials and leaders to take notice of the problem. Every year, eight million tons of plastic are dumped in waterways and oceans, entangling marine wildlife and breaking down into tiny pieces that are ingested by animals and often … Continue reading Trash Isles: Call for plastic waste patch to get country status so leaders acknowledge the problem