If you travel to the seaside, you find ropes, fishermen nets, plastic strips, containers, buoys… And that is only at first sight. If you get closer to the little pieces tangled into seaweed that have been washed on shore, there are also caps, foam, beer cans, take away cups, and lots of other small pieces of plastic.
The overwhelming amount of marine plastic debris is beyond visual, made of microscopic range fragmented plastic debris that can’t be just taken out of the ocean. A lot of plastic is also being brought into other landscapes, like mountains or forests, where a lot of single-use products and disposable cups or bottles are just thrown into nature. The same thing happens in the city, and this has only increased after the beginning of the pandemic; now face masks and gloves can be found everywhere.
We recently went for a 30-minute walk around the area where we live and counted at least 25 face masks on our way. Plastic is versatile, resistant and useful in our daily life: we use it to package food, bottle products, make toys… But it poses a serious threat to our planet as well. The qualities that make it a flexible and enduring product to use, also make it an environmental nightmare.
This is why we decided to start this project, one that both adults and children can enjoy and understand, hoping it will develop and raise awareness. In the end, it is in our hand to change our routines and do something about it.