twitter

Find the lastest 5 GYRES' on oceanic research here:

Organization and travel provided by PANGAEA EXPLORATIONS:

Working towards a solution, Take 3, "A Clean Beach Initiative":

Making a change, TWO HANDS PROJECT Western Australia:

 A special thanks to TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM Cape Town, SA:

 

 And to BUNDANOON, a town without single use water bottles:

   

 Above a frame from the film of a 'high-speed' trawl skimming the surface, measuring the amount of plastic at sea.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FILM

PLASTICIZED is a film that places the viewer aboard a transatlantic expedition, as if one of the crew, revealing the unembellished evidence that the human footprint has reached every corner of the earth, even if we have not been there.

Despite rumors of massive garbage islands, an immeasurable amount of plastic pollution of all sizes is floating throughout every major ocean in the world.  With the numerous ghost nets of trash or larger windrows of rubbish dominating the the occasional headlines, tiny bits of plastic particulate from frail chunks is the overwhelming contaminant that is secretly infiltrating all levels of sea life like a cancer.

Every day the disposable single use items that we take for granted, such as bags, bottles and straws, just to name the tip of the plastic iceberg, find their way through mismanagement into the waterways and eventually the oceans, becoming part of the food chain.  A  cycle that inevitably comes round insidiously to our plates or worse, leaves our plates empty.

When conservative estimates are made in regard to the actual volume, the amount of plastic collecting in the sea is astounding.  PLASTICIZED conveys a clear understanding of the issue through seeing the arduous mission cross an entire ocean from Brazil to South Africa.

With every nation, rich or poor, reaching further for dwindling resources at any cost, it is perplexing to see how we neglect one of our most precious and vital assets, the Ocean.

The South Atlantic Crew was comprised of lead scientist Dr. Marcus Eriksen, 5 Gyre researcher and education advisor Anna Cummins, Stiv J. Wilson 5 Gyres communications director, Chelsea Rochman studying the trophic effects of persistent organic contaminants’ adsorption to plastic debris in the marine environment, research scientist Bonnie Monteleone, Captain Clive Cosby and first mate Dale Selvam, Environmental Cleanup Coalition founder Richard "Sundance" Owen, ocean activist Mary Maxwell, with professional surfers James Pribram and Mary Osborne, and filmmaker Michael J. Lutman.

The crew spent 31 days at sea after leaving the beautiful port of Ilha Grande in Brazil in able to cross the South Atlantic Gyre on their way to Cape Town, South Africa.  Their objective was to sample the seas with a trawling net every 60 nautical miles to document the amount and dispersal of plastic fragments throughout the ocean.

THIS FILM IS STRICTLY THE ARTISTIC PERSPECTIVE OF THE FILMMAKER'S FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE ACCOMPANYING THE 5 GYRES INSTITUTE'S RESEARCH TEAM ON THEIR 2010 SOUTH ATLANTIC EXPEDITION. ANY CLAIMS OR STATEMENTS, HERE OR WITHIN, ARE BASED ON THE INDIVIDUAL'S CURRENT UNDERSTANDING OF GLOBAL PLASTIC POLLUTION AT THE TIME THIS FILM WAS MADE.  THE VIEWS, INFORMATION AND OPINIONS, EXPRESSED, OR OTHERWISE AVAILABLE DO NOT NECESSARILY STATE OR REFLECT THOSE OF THE 5 GYRES INSTITUTES, PANGAEA EXPLORATIONS, AND THE FILMMAKER EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY POTENTIALLY ARISING FROM THEM.