Beat the Bead

In Beat the Bead, 5 Gyres provides information about the prevalence of plastic microbeads, which are in everyday cosmetic products. It discusses their presence as major marine plastic pollutants and how they adversely affect our health.

Gyre: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean – 20:14 min.
Grades 7 and up. National Geographic program shows an artists’ expedition to Alaska with the goal to make art from the trash found on the beaches. 

Midway Journey – Bottle Caps – 4:18 min.
Grades 4 and up. Examining the carcass of a Laysan albatross, and the plastic contents of its stomach, with the Deputy Wildlife Manager of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. 

Midway Journey – Plastic Beach – 2:25 min.
The seemingly endless deposition of plastic debris onto a single beach on Midway Island. All ages, however this does not present any solutions, just the problem. 

Ocean Heroes: The Plastics Problem – – 2:17 min.
Grades 9 and up. One World One Ocean interview with Anna Cummins and Marcus Erickson of 5 Gyres Institute
about plastic pollution in the ocean.

Our Debris Filling the Sea – 2:36 min.
Grades 4 and up. NOAA presents the marine debris problem. 

Saving Inky – 20:25 min.
A video for all ages about a pygmy sperm whale that ingested plastics from the ocean, was treated at the Baltimore
Aquarium and then set free. 1994. Request VHS or DVD from Order Form.

Synthetic Sea: Plastics in the Ocean – 9:00 min.
Grades 7 and up. An alarming look at the role plastics is playing in our waters, specifically the Pacific Ocean from
Algalita.  Request VHS, DVD, or Spanish DVD from Order Form.

Trash in the Deep Sea: Bringing a Hidden Problem to Light – 4:12 min.
Grades 4 and up. Describes Monterey Bay Aquarium
Research Institute’s research into debris in the deep ocean. Watch online.

The Trash Troll – 12:30 min.
Grades K-5. Teaches children the impacts of beach trash on marine animals. 1993. Request VHS or DVD from Order Form.

Troubled Waters: Plastic in the Marine Environment – 28:30 min.
Grades 7 and up. This 1992 video from the Center for Marine Conservation (now The Ocean Conservancy) addresses
marine debris issues with a focus on ocean-based sources. 1992. Request VHS or DVD from Order Form.

The Adopt-A-Beach® School Assembly Program – 21:00 min
Grades 3 and up. The Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education produced this DVD, which includes excerpts from
a live assembly program for students about the sources and impacts of marine debris. 2009. This item will
be yours to keep; it does not need to be returned.
Request DVD from Order Form.

Videos on plastics from Plastics at SEA: North Pacific Expedition 2012 include:

More than eight million tonnes of plastic is thrown away each year and washed out to sea.  It takes centuries to break down. It’s eaten by marine creatures. And it’s in our food chain. Your seafood supper may have a synthetic garnish. Scientists just don’t know what effects it has on our health.

Sky Ocean Rescue is doing something about it. Watch their documentary, A Plastic Tide!

ALBATROSS is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on Earth, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, Chris and his filming team witnessed cycles of birth, life, and death of these magnificent creatures as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. ALBATROSS walks us through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy — and our own complicity — head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a deeply felt experience of beauty and love for the miracle of life on Earth. Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, ALBATROSS takes viewers on a lyrical guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and renewal that is already reaching an audience of millions of people around the world.

How are microplastics impacting our ocean and ourselves? Learn all about it in this video!

“Single-use plastic is not so fantastic,” sings Jack Johnson for the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, encouraging all to be plastic free, “We gotta be doin’ what we can do to reduce our waste.” Check out the song!