I'm a data scientist working at the intersection of technology and design. Reformed astrophysicist & former e-Research/data consultant.

The Plastic Pollution Coalition

Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organisations, businesses and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, the ocean and the environment.

I loathe unnecessary plastic so I love initiatives like this. I can't stand plastic straws wrapped in plastic (or paper), and that some supermarkets continue to wrap fruit and veggies in cling film/glad wrap. It still baffles me that this is the norm in some countries. I haven't bought plastic bin bags for at least 4 years, possibly more. I raid other people's plastic shopping bag collections (folks that haven't managed to go plastic free yet) or supermarket bags I've occasionally had to use when I've left my woven shopping bags at home. Anyway, these days most of my kitchen waste goes into my worm farm. WORMS ARE AMAZING!! they eat almost everything. Mine have gone through buckets of vegetables and coffee grounds, 1000s of tea bags and entire newspapers. 

Ocean and river plastic is a massive problem. You can find plastic even in the most remote places. Occasionally I get involved in beach cleanups and it always blows me away how the small stuff adds up. I've picked up a fair bit of plastic on the street. I think that comes from litter picking yard duty in primary school (I still have to pick up rubbish in "tens"). 

Anyway, when I caught up on some of the recent plastic pollution coalition activities, it reminded me of another fantastic documentary Plasticized, a feature film that highlights the enormity of this problem. It tells the story of the Sea Dragon expedition with the 5 Gyres Institute. You can watch the entire film on You Tube.

solutions to the plastic problem

Some potential solutions that I'm excited about.

Mr Trash Wheel: combining old and new technologies to clean up Baltimore's harbour (Baltimore, USA)

Biodegradable algae water bottles: concept design project presented at DesignMarch (Reykjavik, Iceland)

The Ocean Cleanup: developing the world's first feasible method to rid the oceans of plastic

Nectar Impact: Stories of Success

Creative Mornings - Melbourne