Plastic SEAS

As population booms, environments degrade, and pollution runs rampant, the human species must come to terms with their impact upon this Earth. Plastic SEAS is a film exploring the connection between plastic pollution, the seas, and human health. We hope through this film others may begin to change their habits for a healthier and more sustainable future.

Published on May 31, 2013
Jeneene Chatowsky

First Flush

Ben Kay Santa Monica High school teacher and coach of Team Marine documents the problem of single use plastics and litter at the Pico-Cantor Storm Drain in Santa Monica, CA.
Heal the Bay’s report card found that Los Angeles has the worst beach quality grades in the state.
Film by Jeneene Chatowsky

Published on May 31, 2013
Jeneene Chatowsky

What is Producer Responsibility for Marine Plastic Pollution?

Plastic that pollutes our oceans and waterways has severe impacts on our environment and our economy. Seabirds, whales, sea turtles and other marine life are eating marine plastic pollution and dying from choking, intestinal blockage and starvation. Scientists are investigating the long-term impacts of toxic pollutants absorbed, transported, and consumed by fish and other marine life, including the potential effects on human health.

This pollution also causes substantial costs to taxpayers and local governments that must clean this trash off of beaches and streets to protect public health, prevent flooding from trash-blocked storm drains, and avoid lost tourism revenue from filthy beaches. Anyone who’s enjoyed a riverside park or a beach in this state has probably experienced the blight of plastic trash. Given that California’s tourism and leisure industry generated $92 billion in GDP for the state in 2010, we can’t afford to let this problem go unaddressed. A 2012 report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found California’s coastal cities and counties spend about $420 million each year to combat litter and curtail marine debris.

This video shows how a new program will make producers of plastic products (particularly single-use packaging) do their fair share to keep plastic out of our oceans, rivers, and lakes. It will encourage industry to make smarter, less polluting products, and it will save taxpayers and local governments money by reducing waste management, litter cleanup and recycling costs.

Published on Apr 30, 2013