Plastic Paradise

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

© Plastic Paradise

© Plastic Paradise

Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers whom shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

Plastic pollution – water we doing? João Pedro Frias at TEDxFCTUNL 2013

João Pedro Frias é estudante de Doutoramento no Programa Doutoral em Ambiente FCT-UNL. Investigador na área de Microplasticos e efeitos de sua ingestão em organismos marinhos (Mytilus Sp.).

Realizou ainda um trabalho de identificação de micropartículas de plástico, presentes em amostras de plâncton recolhidas entre 2002 e 2008, com o intuito de identificar os tipos de polímeros através de micro-espectroscopia de infravermelho (μ-FTIR). Tem Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia do Ambiente no ramo de Engenharia Ecológica.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Publicado em 21/11/2013

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New Tasmanian Plastic Bag Ban Commercial

The Tasmanian plastic bag ban television commercial has been released to help remind people to take their reusable shopping bags. Thanks to Zero Waste South Australia for letting Tasmania use their campaign ad.

October 2013
Tasmanian Government Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Plastic structure aims at replacing aluminium cans

Plastic can arrive at beverage cans

© Francisco Pedro / Global Garbage

© Francisco Pedro / Global Garbage

By Braskem
Published: October 22, 2013 15:16

Creative solutions also appear at Trade Fair K 2013. Polytype, based in Switzerland, and Finnish Huhtamaki have developed a plastic packaging to replace the classic aluminium can. While the first one has created machinery and process of form-fill-seal (FFS) for the product, Huhtamaki has developed a structure composed of Polypropylene (PP), BOPP and BOPET, together with aluminium film for the barrier. “According to Polytype, the product can serve as package even for carbonated beverages”, informs Francisco Ruiz of the engineering and application development department of Braskem. The “plastic can” is, meanwhile, not yet available commercially. Currently, the creators are identifying the strong and weak points of the packaging and making pertinent improvements.

“You See the Difference. A Turtle Does Not”

Imagine you are a hungry sea turtle that cannot tell the difference between a real jellyfish — a nutritious treat — and a floating plastic bag that very much resembles a jellyfish. Fooled by the illusion, you swallow the plastic bag — a deadly mistake. The plastic makes you feel so full that you unwittingly starve yourself to death!
The plastic in our seas kills hundreds of thousands of sea turtles and other marine life each year, as it is often mistaken for food.
Help protect marine biodiversity by adopting habits that minimise the use of plastic. Consider using a reusable shopping bag, avoiding single-use plastic items, looking for products and packaging made from renewable resources, choosing products with the least plastic packaging, and recycling what you can’t reuse!
This video was adapted from a viral MEDASSET poster that has been viewed by millions worldwide.
Animation by Thopis

Published on Jul 11, 2013
MEDASSET (Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles)

Plastic Seduction

Consumers are buying poisoned dreams – consumer demand can change markets – towards more sustainable products and a closed loop economy!
Written and Directed by Katrin Peters; Director of Photography: George Tsikos
See whole list of credits on All rights reserved. If you’re interested in this film for further educational uses, get in touch with us via – Thanks!

Published on 24 Mar 2012
SOS Plastic