Resources - Five Organisations that are Rethinking Ocean Plastic Pollution
How are the creative industries responding to plastic pollution?
This is the question I have been posing throughout Tactile Trends February issue on ocean plastics.
I have referred to various organisations, artists, blog posts, TED talks and companies along my journey of learning about ocean plastics and thought it would be useful to curate a list of key organisations to help you get inspired and informed about ocean plastics too.
I believe this list illustrates many ways the creative industries are responding to plastic pollution.
What do you think?
1 // Parley (link)
Parley is an organisation and comprehensive information source that connects companies and creators on the subject of ocean plastic pollution. The site is geared towards the creative community and contains infographics, articles, interviews with artists and designers and ways to engage and become part of a solution on plastic pollution. One good example is the Parley A.I.R pledge where individuals can register and publicly share their commitment to reduce personal plastic consumption.
2 // The Lonely Whale (link)
The Lonely Whale is a community driven incubator founded on the philosophy of radical collaboration. The focus with The Lonely Whale is in communication. Campaigns like 'Strawless in Seattle' for example show how creative communication and collaboration can effect significant change; by supporting Strawless Ocean's global initiative the campaign removed 500 million plastic straws from the U.S. waste stream.
3 // The Plastic Bank (link)
I discovered The Plastic Bank through a fascinating talk from its founder David Katz. His concept of monetizing plastic waste is interesting because it is contributing to a solution at the root of the problem by stopping plastic entering the ocean. Katz talks about 'social plastic' becoming a currency. I highly recommend watching his talk which you can access at the link above.
4 // Net-works (link)
Net-works empower communities by enabling them to retrieve discarded fishing nets in exchange for money and vouchers. The fishing nets are cleaned, shredded and spun into recycled nylon which is then used to make carpets. The website is a wealth of information with videos, infographics and blog articles.
5 // Plastic Oceans (link)
The Plastic Oceans Foundation engages people of all ages and backgrounds to be aware of plastic pollution through digital media. Through their documentary feature film 'A Plastic Ocean', director Craig Leeson documents the journey of micro plastics through science, examining how plastic breaks down, attracts toxins and then enters our food chain. The Plastic Oceans Foundation encourages people to raise awareness by helping them organise screenings of the film.