A Plastic Ocean. What a worry and it’s something that can and is happening everyhere.
Let’s do what we can in Cyprus to ensure we prevent unecessary waste. Act responsibly, especially when visiting national parks, the seaside and the interior. No to a Plastic Ocean.
We want sea life to thrive. Not suffer!
We want this!
A Plastic Ocean is a new feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue.
In A Plastic Ocean an international team of adventurers, researchers, and world-saving heroes embark on an expedition around the globe that delves into the unknown lurking beneath our seemingly pristine and remote waters.
The results will astound viewers – just as it did our adventurers, who captured never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health.
During its four-year production period, this adventure documentary was filmed in 20 locations around the world in beautiful and chilling detail to document the global effects of plastic pollution–and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better.
How can you help?
Use less plastic. Recycle all you use.
Every week you throw away zero plastic you keep more than 5 lbs/2.5 kg out of the environment.
Raise Your Awareness
- Always remember that plastic will last a lifetime and beyond
- Bring your own bag to stores
- Drink tap water and carry it in your own bottle
- Don’t buy body scrubs – those tiny beads are usually made of plastic
- Choose fruit and vegetables that are not wrapped in plastic
- Use matches instead of ‘disposable’ lighters or use a re-fillable one
- Don’t use “single use” plates or utensils
- Wherever you can, choose liquid products that can be re-filled rather than bought new
- Refuse plastic straws in your drinks – you learned to drink from a cup so many years ago!
- If you can’t find an alternative to single-use plastic, make sure you recycle it
- Don’t celebrate with balloon releases, the chances are the balloons will land in the ocean, choking seabirds, turtles and marine mammals
- Use crystal deodorants – they last far longer, are more effective and some even come with no plastic packaging at all
- Use good old-fashioned soap – it works as well as liquid soap and lasts longer
Governments need to be involved in the development of legislation and policy that best achieves the aim of reducing the plastic in the oceans. Targets and goals should be set that demonstrate reduction and highlight the benefits for business and individuals. Each government should develop a strategic mix of solutions that best suits its economy, demographic, location, culture and general situation, as well as support business, industry and individuals in a way that engages them with those processes. It is not government’s role to pay for the clean up–it is their role to be proactive in promoting good policies for plastic reduction that keep plastics from entering the environment.
A Plastic Ocean illustrates a plastics recycling economy, as is in places like Germany that add a cost charge for the plastic products in use.
We all need to be educated about the value of plastics and how to dispose of plastics responsibly by:
- Not viewing plastic as disposable, but one that can be re-used many times, and disposed of responsibly
- Understanding the impact plastics is causing in the environment and to their health
- Paying more for our plastic products
- Gaining value from plastic material when we return plastics to the recycling waste streams
A Plastic Ocean introduces two emerging technologies that will be effective in future applications:
Pyrolisis: The thermochemical decomposition of plastic that changes its structure to produce oil for fuel.
- Creates less dependence on fossil fuels
- Can be implemented on a small scale for individual or company use
Pyrogenesis: A process that uses plasma to generate high temperatures that effectively vaporize the waste.
- Plant small enough for low scale incineration such as onboard vessels at sea
- Resultant solid residue is extremely small and benign
- Gases are collected and removed before entering the atmosphere that can be recycled to generate energy needed to power the process
Plastic Oceans Ltd.
Plastic Oceans Ltd. is a Hong Kong-based charitable organisation that is dedicated to protecting and preserving the environment, with a special focus on plastics and our oceans. The organisation works to educate the public about the need for change and persuade industry to take responsibility in the manufacturing/disposal processes.