On Location in ‘A Plastic Ocean’

Plastic Pollution Coalition is proud to be a supporter of Plastic Oceans, a global nonprofit that seeks “to change the world’s attitude towards plastic within a generation.” The organization’s biggest project has been to assemble a team of the world’s top scientists and leading filmmakers to produce A PLASTIC OCEAN, a powerful documentary in high definition, that will play a key role in sending out the message to stop plastic pollution to the world. The trailer (below) is being released Feb. 4.

“We’ve treated the ocean as a place to throw things—dispose of things—that we did not want close to where we thought we lived. Actually, the whole planet is where we live.” 

—Dr. Sylvia Earle, ocean scientist, PPC Scientific Advisory Board member


A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be remote, pristine ocean.

In this adventure documentary, Leeson teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter, and an international team of scientists and researchers, to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect. 

They travel to 20 locations around the world over a four-year period. The results will astound viewers, as it did the adventurers themselves, who captured never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health. The filmmakers caught in beautiful and chilling detail the global effects of plastic pollution, but they also attempt to introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better. 

Change starts with information, and that is what A PLASTIC OCEAN hopes to accomplish. Today, Feb. 4, 2016, people and organizations around the world are working together to promote a trailer for the film via social networks. If news of this important film gets to enough people, then people can change the world before it’s too late.

Be an ambassador for our oceans. SHARE this post so that as many people as possible will see the trailer, and ultimately the film when it is released in theaters.

Dr. Earle, a consultant on the film, urges all of us to be ambassadors for the ocean, to see the film, and to share its message. “‘A Plastic Ocean’ documentary is a way to inspire people—first of all, to understand; to know what’s happening. With knowing comes caring. You might not care, even if you know. But you can’t care if you don’t know.” 

Top photo: Mike Pitts films Tanya Streeter in the Mediterranean. Photo credit: David Jones | Above: From the film A Plastic Ocean. Courtesy Plastic Oceans Ltd.

9 responses to “On Location in ‘A Plastic Ocean’”

  1. Paul Hyman says:

    Please watch and share if you are about oceans

  2. Paul Hyman says:

    We are organising an event 8-11 April to raise awareness of this problem

  3. jkaiser1111@gmail.com says:

    Where will this event take place? Thank you.

  4. cpcinvestments@gmail.com says:

    Very happy to share with the community we have just launched phase 1 of the Ocean Phoenix Project.

    SAS OCEAN PHOENIX is proud to present the concept of a giant factory-ship capable of eradicating the layers of plastic waste in the North Pacific Ocean and other Oceans around the world.

    The design of this giant factory-ship, named “Ocean Phoenix”, enables the retrieval, compression and packing of ocean pollution in accordance with road transportation regulations. Each of these steps will take place on the Ocean Phoenix itself, prior to the transferal of the aforementioned waste to an accompanying support vessel, which will transport it onshore for recycling.

    The Ocean Phoenix does not discriminate between shipping containers, multi-ton logs (occasionally found where currents converge), plastic waste (and other forms of debris) as well as plastic microbeads, practically the size of plankton.

    The Ocean Phoenix’s technical specifications are impressive: 360m in length and 115m in width (the size of two supertankers side by side).

    Designed by Serge Menard, the Ocean Phoenix concept is patented (patent delivered in France in 2013 and extended internationally in 2015).

    Please visit our website for further details:

    You are invited to follow our progress on all major social media:
    on Facebook: http://bit.ly/OPP-FB
    on Twitter: http://bit.ly/OPP-TW
    on LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/OPP-LI

    Christophe Poizat
    Partner, Global Ocean Plastic Waste Recovery Program

  5. faridatesta@gmail.com says:

    Can not wait to see this documentary. We have shared this trailer…

  6. AA says:

    When and where will this be released? I’ve been waiting months!

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