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Sea Any Bottles? [teaser]

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Published on May 26, 2010

Sea Any Plastic Bottles? [A Video Challenge]

Even though the past few years have brought exponential attention to the Great North Pacific Garbage Patch, plastic marine pollution has not yet gained the needed recognition, perhaps, because it is so remote from our daily life appearing as if it does not have a lasting impact in our immediate environment.
Contrary to this false assumption, the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, reported a staggering 80% of all the plastic found floating in the ocean to be coming from land. Which proves, once more, the unfortunate fact that the kinds of things we use plastic for are also the kinds of things we don't dispose of carefully.

In order to generate the needed change in single-use plastic consumption, we need to change this false conception and help raise the awareness of plastic marine pollution. Help us picture the post-consumer journey of a discarded plastic container [e.g plastic bag, bottle, yogurt cup] into the open sea.

Create a video of 2 minutes [or less] that depicts how you see plastics traveling into the open sea. Attach your video as a response to this one, and help us start a video-tread. Your video will not only help raise the awareness of plastic marine pollution, but will help illustrate the more lasting implications of single-use plastics.

Keep in mind that your participation will help build bridges among relevant sectors and the public domain, while highlighting important relationships that have not been studied before, such as the link between plastic marine debris, solid waste management, recycling, and cities. These videos could catalyze a much needed, advantageous change, putting a cap on our single-use plastics over-consumption.


Here are some questions to get you on your way:

If our plastic drifter is coming from land, does this means it was tossed off a moving vehicle?

Did it overflow from a trash receptacle into and was dragged into the gutter by rain water?

If already floating in the ocean, does this mean that it was left behind by the average beach-goer?

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