Our Plastic, Our Problem

The Amazing Mr. Smashing sings an info-operetta about plastic in our oceans!

Our huge level of consumption and the accompanying waste it creates is leading to terrifying amounts of plastic entering our seas. All sorts of unpleasant effects are being discovered by researchers, including plastics acting as magnets for toxic chemicals, which are then being swallowed by sea life. We must act now to stop any more plastic reaching the oceans. There are many ways to do this, and every person can make simple changes in their lives to reduce their impact, but we also need the laws in place to ensure action by European governments.

2014 is the year that the European Commission reviews its various waste policies, including the waste framework directive. This means we have an opportunity to recognise the seriousness of marine litter and take strong steps to reduce waste and improve how it is managed. Let’s show the law makers how much we care about our beautiful beaches and seas: like and share this video, using the hashtag #marinelitter and let’s make a noise about the problem of plastics in our seas!

To find out more and take action, visit www.seas-at-risk.org.

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  1. As an anti-plastics campaigner going back to 2004, there has been much to learn regarding somehow rolling back the plastics plague and to imagine a plastic-free, pollution free future. It’s getting difficult, not just because petroleum-based plastics do not biodegrade, but because the stuff just keeps pouring out of the oil refineries! So until the oil refineries shut down, small modifications in consumer behavior and in achieving some clean-up of plastic will only see things get worse in the oceans and in our toxified bodies. It is unfortunate that petroleum plastic is so difficult to recycle; but, why have toxic recycled material in the home or on the body?
    The discoverer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Capt. Charles Moore, sees the need for oil-free transport, and he and his research vessel’s Alguita actively support the Sail Transport Network’s goals. Please see http://www.sailtransportnetwork.org, http://www.sailmed.org, and http://www.culturechange.org/cms/content/blogcategory/18/62/ for the Plastics Plague section of Culture Change.
    – Jan Lundberg, independent oil industry analyst

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