Plastopedia

As we draw a close on our #Aplasticworld series, here are some resources we compiled for you!

Book:

Plastic: a Toxic Love Story - Susan Frienkel

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All you need to know about why we fell in love with it and how we are drowning in it now.

"Journalist Susan Freinkel points out in this engaging and eye-opening book, we’re nearing a crisis point. We’ve produced as much plastic in the past decade as we did in the entire twentieth century. We’re drowning in the stuff, and we need to start making some hard choices.
Freinkel gives us the tools we need with a blend of lively anecdotes and analysis. She combs through scientific studies and economic data, reporting from China and across the United States to assess the real impact of plastic on our lives. She tells her story through eight familiar plastic objects: comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and credit card. Her conclusion: we cannot stay on our plastic-paved path. And we don’t have to. Plastic points the way toward a new creative partnership with the material we love to hate but can’t seem to live without."


Documentary:

A Plastic Ocean

An award-winning documentary

“If it was happening in one gyre, they suspected it was happening in all of them. But the filmmakers needed experts to prove it.

Scientists were brought in at each stage to analyze the findings from one part of the story to add their data to the overall report on the five gyres.

In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particles that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

Available in Netflix, iTunes and Amazon

 

Videos:

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Not What You Think It Is - The Swim

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“An eye opening 7 minutes video that makes you re-think your everyday life. "Ben Lecomte's historic swim across the Pacific Ocean is a feat that can’t be missed. Join us as we dive into the most extensive data set of the Pacific Ocean ever collected."


The Monumental Effort To Rid The World's Oceans From Plastic | VICE on HBO

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"In 2008, VICE documented the scope of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a subtropical gyre where marine debris concentrates due to the ocean's currents. Eight years later, VICE followed up on the problem, visiting one of the most polluted beaches in the world, Kamilo Point in Hawaii, and exploring how that plastic is finding its way into our food chain."


How Boyan Slat’s The Ocean Cleanup Was Derailed By A Flawed Design | NowThis

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The mind behind The Ocean Clean Up, Boyan Slat.

A college drop-out set out in a mission to clean our ocean's plastic. After 5 years of tireless work in 2018 the biggest ocean clean up was launched and here is a little bit of his story.



Research Paper:

A Plastic Economy

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A research project conducted by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation to outline how we should create an economy that recycles plastics an how can collaboration along the extended global plastic packaging production and after-use value chain, as well as with governments and NGOs, achieve systemic change to overcome stalemates in today’s plastics economy in order to move to a more circular model?  It outlines a possible direction for us to go.


National Geographic Series: Planet or Plastic?

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"Planet or Plastic? is National Geographic’s multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic trash crisis. Come to this page often to learn more, find out what you can do to reduce your own single-use plastics and take your pledge." A compilation of articles and research for everything you need to know plastics.



Movements:

Parley

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“Parley is the space where creators, thinkers, and leaders come together to raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of our oceans and collaborate on projects that can end their destruction.” A joint community working together with various different partners to promote the health of our oceans.


Surfrider Foundation

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The Surfrider Foundation is a community of everyday people who passionately protect our playground - the ocean, waves, and beaches -that provide us so much enjoyment.

Our model is to engage environmental experts to create solutions, unite local and national resources to protect the coast, and leverage our local chapter network’s knowledge with a national perspective. It is the largest network of coastal protection and guess what? There is a UCLA chapter!