Plastic Pollution
June 14 2012

Plastic Paradise

by Bill Hickman

Plastic pollution awareness is reaching new heights as plastic bag bans in Hawaii and LA have made headlines internationally.  Plastic bags are the tip of the plastic pollution iceberg and just one of many components of the plastic soup swirling around the ocean, migrating toward the gyres and/or 'spit out' on to receiver beaches.  Plastic Paradise is a film, still in the making, that highlights the issue with fresh footage and a fresh perspective.

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Trailer from Angela Sun on Vimeo.

Angela Sun is featured in the film and here is her take on the project, "I’m pretty much a water baby; I grew up around the water. I surf, I dive, and I’m always in the ocean. And so knowing that our Earth is covered by over 70% water, I was always intrigued by everything underneath the water, beneath the surface and finding out more about our underwater footprint. So Plastic Paradise was really an organic endeavor for me to find out what was going on with the plastic pollution in our oceans. If you think about it, nobody really thinks about how much plastic we use every single day. But plastic is made to last forever, that’s why it’s great, it never goes away.

So, if we don’t see it we just dump it in a garbage can and we think that it just goes off magically to a landfill and disappears. But it doesn’t ever go away, so where does it go? And that’s what I embark on, a personal journey to discover that a lot of this plastic ends up in our oceans and we uncover much more than just the great pacific garbage patch. I want to spark conversation. I think that I’m a little bit of an accidental environmentalist because I love the ocean and the water so much. Of course you want to protect it, when you’re surfing with plastic bags around or you see the effects of what plastic is doing to marine life and not just marine life but how it’s affecting us, it’s really disturbing. So I hope that through Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch documentary we are able to share that and shed a little bit of light on it for the people."

Check it out and spread the word that we need to stop plastic pollution!