From Plastic Pollution Coalition
Open Your Eyes - narrated by Jeff Bridges - 3:55 min.
Academy award winner Jeff Bridges, The “Dude”, shares the devastating effects of society’s use of single-use, disposable plastic for Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC).
A collection of videos from activist to humorous to informative to inspirational TED talks. Some produced by Plastic Pollution Coalition including Plastic Seduction,Travel Solutions, and Skip the Straw/Save a Sea Turtle campaign.
Find a series of panels, talks, and interviews with PPC's CEO and Co-Founder, Dianna Cohen, speaking about plastic pollution.
There is No 'Away'Bali to Komodo Island - Indonesian Expedition - Plastic Pollution Coalition 6:44 min. NEW!
At the World Ocean Summit in Bali, Indonesia, Feb. 23, 2017, speakers and leaders focused on Southeast Asian nations as the “sources” of plastic pollution in the oceans. But we know that the real sources of plastic pollution in waterways and on land are the multinational corporations that make single-use plastics, not the people of Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia who continue to battle this onslaught of unnecessary and toxic waste.
Recently, a team of artists, scientists, students, and filmmakers traveled between Bali and Komodo Island to analyze the
impacts of plastic pollution in the region. Single-use plastic does not simply go “away.” It all goes somewhere. See where
it ends up - along shorelines and in landfills, in backyards and shallow waters. The film serves as a "call to action" to citizens
around the world: Stop using single-use plastic, and actively demand that industry stop making it, too.
Albatross - A film by Chris Jordan - feature length - NEW!
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.
A Plastic Tide Sky Ocean Rescue 45:52 min. NEW!
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.
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60 MiNueTs Toxic team - NEW!
Created by University of California, San Francisco’s Environmental Health Initiative and the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, a new team of reporters investigates how toxic chemicals are undermining our health and why government is failing to stop it. Modeled after the original 60 Minutes legendary journalists, meet the 60 MiNueTs Toxic team. The series features scientists and physicians from Columbia, Harvard, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, and UCSF. Each segment is about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Toxic Bodies with End Badly
- Money Talks with Mike Wallets
- Politics of Science with Lesley Stalled
- Dumbing Down of America with Dan Rathernot
- Buyer Beware with Morley Safety
A Plastic Ocean - Feature Length
Stay tuned for the launch of this hard-hitting feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. It captures never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health. Produced by an international team of adventurers, researchers, and world-saving heroes, their epic journey covered 20 locations around the world, delving into the unknown lurking beneath our seemingly pristine and remote waters. They captured never-before-seen images of
marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health. In chilling detail, the filmmakers
document the global effects of plastic pollution–and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can,
if implemented in time, change things for the better.
Addicted - Invisibles, The Plastic Inside Us, Orb Media, One World, One Story, 1:45 min.
Addicted. Plastic is so useful to modern life that we tend to see it as a neutral material - tasteless, odorless, and ridiculously convenient. That convenience has led to rocketing production, and runaway waste, which has sent plastic fibers pouring into the environment and into our bodies.
Addicted to Plastic - 1:05:26 min.
A Canadian documentary on modern society's 'addiction' to plastic; our prolific use of this product, its effects on the earth and on us, and where our unwanted plastic ends up.
Albie and Phil - Tube Fish 1:05 min.
Animated short with Albie Cross the Albatross learning about plastic pollution from Phil Crabby, the Crab.
Algalita Marine Research Institute
A collection of videos discussing the impact of plastic on our environment. Videos include:
- Investigating plastic - Learn basics of plastic pollution - 6:30 min.
- Plastic sea - Researching marine pollution - 2:52 min
- Plastic seas by Jeneene Chatowsky - 10:11 min
- Ted talk by Captain Charles Moore on the seas of plastics - 7:21 min
- Ted talk by Captain Moore on the Great Pacific garbage patch - 21:50 min
- Save our Seas: McGaugh Elementary - April 2015 - PSA created with 5th grade students in Seal Beach - 3:48 min.
On returning from his most recent voyage for the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, Captain Charles Moore reported that “After 3,375 miles . . . my tenth voyage to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was a shocker. . . . It has gotten much, much worse. . . .” Learn first hand from the popularizer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch about the troubling increase in plastic across hundreds of miles in the Pacific Ocean.
Be Plastic Free - Song - 0:55 sec.
“Single-use plastic is not so fantastic,” sings Jack Johnson forthe Kokua Hawaii Foundation, encouraging all to be plastic free, “We gotta be doin’ what we can do to reduce our waste.”
Beat the Bead - 4:19 min.
5 Gyres provides information about the prevalence of plastic microbeads which are in everyday cosmetic products, 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:
- Education and Outreach: Bringing the Gyre to people - 3:11 min
- MOCNESS: An adventure in practical oceanography - 2:56 min - Using data from the new MOCNESS net sampling system
scientists begin answering the scientific questions about plastic debris.
- The Windrow tow: describes a massive haul of plastic debris that was collected in a surface plankton net during an
Oct. 16, 2012 tow in a windrow - 2:58 min
- The Science of Plastics at SEA - 2:32 min - Get a glimpse at the variety of research objectives being carried out on the
Plastics at SEA: North Pacific Expedition 2012.
- Plastics at SEA, North Pacific Expedition - 7:20 min.
Grades 7 and up. Plastics at SEA: North Pacific Expedition 2012 wraps up their 39 day voyage from San Diego to Hawaii.
Clean Bin Project 1 hr. 17 min.
Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning, festival favorite, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem waste. Even as Grant and Jen start to garner interest in their project, they struggle to find meaning in their minuscule influence on the large-scale environmental impacts of our “throw-away society”. Described as An Inconvenient Truth meets Super Size Me, The Clean Bin Project features laugh out loud moments, stop motion animations, and unforgettable imagery. Captivating interviews with renowned artist, Chris Jordan and TED Lecturer Captain Charles Moore, make this film a fun and inspiring call to individual action that speaks to crowds of all ages.
Debris Dilemmas - “Trash on the Spin Cycle” from Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures
Discover what causes huge quantities of garbage to end up on the most remote islands in the world and how this garbage affects wildlife. For Grade 5-8 teachers to view before showing.
Gloop by EcoTales - 3:48 min.
A twisted fairy-tale about the meteoric rise of plastic from its conception to its present day widespread use, and carries the message, “Plastic doesn’t go away. Plastic things are here to stay.”
Happy Straws by Paolo Scarpa Muttoni for The Last Plastic Straw :40 min.
Skip the straw and be happy! Take the pledge: http://bit.ly/2l8m2PF
Hidden Cost of Bottled Water - 1:16 min.
With the aid of simple animation, the narrator explains the hidden cost and the harmful chemicals present in plastic water bottles which have adverse affects on our health and the environment.
How Plastic Microbeads are Causing Big Problems - 4:35 min.
Produced by LUSH Cosmetics North America, this video features Anna Cummins and Marcus Erikson, co-founders of 5 Gyres explaining their disturbing findings on microbeads in the Great Lakes. At just 0.3mm in size, the tiny microbeads in facial scrubs are having a big an impact on our oceans and marine life.
Plastic pollution poses one of the biggest known threats to the ocean, influencing all ecosystems from beautiful coral reefs to abyssal trenches, eventually accumulating in our own food. Learn more about how to upend the current system of produce-use-discard, and transition to a system which promotes reuse and repurposing of plastics.
Investigating Plastic Pollution - The Basics - 6:30 min
Created by Algalita Marine Research Institute. Since 1999, Algalita has been the leading research organization focused on plastic pollution and its impacts on marine life and ecosystems. Our Founder and Research Director, Captain Charles Moore, was the first to discover the swirling soup of plastic debris in the Pacific’s north eastern gyre - known by many as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Algalita has worked tirelessly to give the ocean a voice through our in-depth research and education programs.
Through everything we do, we illustrate how every individual can be part of the solution.
It’s a Plastic World - 4:40 min.
It's everywhere. We need and want it. We find it in places where we wouldn't expect it. A world without plastic is inconceivable. But do we know the consequences of our self-indulgent plastic consumption? This film shows various problems associated with plastic and looks at possible solutions.
Subtitles in: French, Croatian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Chinese
Let’s Talk Trash – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch - 50:34 min.
A group of Scripps graduate researchers recently returned from a 20 day expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a little-studied remote ocean region where plastic debris accumulates. Watch as they discuss the garbage patch, why it is there, and how they are exploring and analyzing the problem of plastic int he North Pacific Ocean. From the series Perspective on Ocean Science.
Living Without Plastic – 30 day challenge - 12:38 min.
Watch the story of Matt and Marigold as they take on the challenge to give up plastic for a month. They offer tips on how we can consume less and limit our plastic footprint.
Maldives "One Person's Trash Is Another Woman's Bikini" - 15:03 min.
In Alison Teal's Adventure series, the shares global secrets of survival and sustainability. Alison Teal is a female Indiana Jones with a cause, a camel, and a pink eco surfboard. ON her journey to the Maldives, she discovers a trash island where the absence of recycling leads to the burning of plastic which results in toxic flames.
Marine Debris - Ocean Care Today from NOAA - 2:22 min
Watch Dianna Parker, Communication Specialist, NOAA's Marine Debris Program, give an overview of what marine debris is, where it comes from, and what we're doing about it.
Marine Debris: The Ugly Journey of our Trash - Project Aware 2:55 min.
Why have our oceans become a dumping ground? The Ugly Journey of our Trash sheds light on how litter travels from land to sea. Take action at Project Aware.
Mardi Gras: Made in China - 1 hr. 12 min.
This examination of cultural and economic globalization follows the life-cycle of Mardi Gras beads from a small factory in Fuzhou, China, to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and to art galleries in New York City.
Micro-plastics - 18:52 min.
Documents micro-beads in personal care products, how they escape down household drains and the damage they can do in ocean environments.
Midway, A Plastic Island (CNN) - 14:16 min.
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh travels to Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean to investigate how the plastic we throw away everyday is turning paradise into a graveyard.
Minigyres Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii 2:00 min.
A short film of a mini gyre filled with microplastics that Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii cleaned up in August 2017. Sadly, it reformed just a few days later filled with more microplastics and debris. It's a stark wakeup call to the future we need to prepare for and the need to take action to stop society's overuse of plastic now. Because if all we do is clean, that's all we'll ever do.
Mr. Eco Videos
Mr. Eco believes that monumental changes begin with the youngest members of society. He combines his passions for sustainability, wildlife conservation and hip-hop to create an environmental rap hero that uses music to empower children to become activists called #EcoHeroes. We use a blend of "edutainment" to teach our youth that their local actions impact ecosystems and wildlife globally.
Mr Eco Straw Wars 2:47 min.
Bag Monster 2:50 min.
Bottles are for Babies 3:16 min.
Plastic Surgery 3:05 min.
No Impact Man - 93:00 min.
This documentary tells the story of author Colin Beavan, who went completely "green," giving up virtually all of the comforts of modern living -- electricity, gas-powered transportation, shipped food and public waste disposal -- in a drastic effort to curb his environmental impact. The cameras capture the toll this well-intentioned, year-long project takes on Beavan's wife and baby daughter, as well as the ways it brings this family closer together. For purchase.
No Mas Botellos/No More Bottles - 3:03 min.
Haz el cambio, No mas botellas! - Make the Change, No More Bottles!
Documents the movement begun as a research project by Amira Odeh as a student at the University of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to eliminate plastic water bottles and improve drinking fountains on campus. In Spanish from SOCIEDAD ECO-AMBIENTAL- Eco Environmental Society.
Blue Film Festival focuses on creating awareness, enlightening people, empowering tangible actions and helping to inspire an ocean stewardship movement around the globe. Film archives from 2009.
Ocean Care - 3:05 min
An estimated nine million tons of plastic waste per annum finds its way into the oceans resulting in fatal consequences for marine animals. They mistake plastic items for food, ingest it and may starve to death with their stomachs full of plastic. OceanCare is working to prevent plastic from entering the oceans and supports the rescue of seals, turtles and dolphins entangled in plastic debris.
Animation - 3:07 min
An animated video presenting the dangers of plastic pollution
One Beach - 24:42 min.
A film about creativity, optimism and having fun cleaning our beaches around the world. Directed by Jason Baffa.
One World One Ocean 2:02 min.
Our oceans are in trouble. Years of overfishing and pollution have put us on the precipice of disaster.
Annie Crawley's Our Ocean & YOU campaign raises awareness about the importance of the ocean in our daily lives and looks below the surface into one of the wicked problems facing our ocean, plastic pollution.
Plastic Change 0:34 sec.
Poseidon attacks a litterbug.
Plastic Change - How Plastic Changes does it’s research 2:27 min.
Plastic Change collects knowledge about the scale of the plastic pollution problem through ocean collections. Working with scientists and other researchers, they analyze their findings and publish research papers. If you're a researcher, Plastic Change may have available spots on the next part of Expedition Plastic, that goes from Los Angeles to the North Pacific Plastic Gyre around Hawaii.
Other videos from Plastic Change on their YouTube channel.
Plastic China - 4:36 min.
Photojournalist Wang Juliang looks at the underbelly of plastic recycling in China, the worldwide economic factors driving the market and the people and environments it affects. Stay tuned for the film’s release date.
Plastic Fish 2.11 min.
This video features fish grown on farms for people in Hong Kong. It shows the direct connection between our plastic waste problems and the fish we eat. The filmmaker notes that immediate measures need to be taken to combat the global plastic crisis we are facing from single use plastics and our poor waste management.
Plastic Free Island is a documentary film in the making. With Athens-based film team Nickos Myrtou and Sergio Ko, and Atlanta-based sound artist Craig Dongoski, 2014 marks the 3rd year of material shot for the long film. View short cuts.
Giant Sea Cave Excavation - 9:55 min.
Kako Lagadi, The 'Evil Gorge' - 8:04 min.
TEDX Thessaloniki - 2:22 min.
PFI ~ Greenpeace - 2:16 min.
PFI ~ ACTION - 5:35 min.
Plastic Free July 2:02 min.
Joining the Plastic Free July challenge is quite simple...choose to refuse single-use plastic during July. No water bottles, takeaway coffee cups, and straws...its a lot easier than you might think if you just plan ahead.
Thriteen year old Dylan D’Haeze was concerned about plastic collecting on beaches and endangering sea life, as well as its human impact. A participant in Heirs to the Oceans, he decided to make a documentary and empower other kids to make a difference.
This award winning film is part of a series called, “Kids Can Save The Planet."
Plastic is fun 0:32 sec.
. . . . until you realize that you are going straight towards a disaster. From Plastic Change.
This video was produced as a prelude to the 2017 "Our Ocean" conference in Malta by students from The Animation Workshop (Official Page) in Denmark.
Plastic Oceans – Dr. Sylvia Earle - 3:14 min.
Listen as Sylvia Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress and a "Hero for the Planet" by Time, explains the impacts of everyday plastic on oceans and indirectly on our health. An oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration notes that “Without the ocean, life on Earth could not exist.”
Plastic Paradise, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch 57 min.
EVERY single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still SOMEWHERE on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go?
Plastic Planet - 1:36:00 min.
Werner Boote Presents an up-close and personal view of the controversial and fascinating material that has found its way into every facet of our daily lives: plastic. He takes us on a journey around the globe, showing that plastics have become a threat for both environment and human health.
Plastic State of Mind - 2:43 min.
This rap parodies the impact of plastic bags on the environment and the harm they cause. Features singers AshEL Eldridge and Jenni Perez.
Plastic Tides - 3:44 min.
In celebration of Earth Day, April 22, 2015, the Plastic Tides team decided to undertake a human-powered, backyard adventure, touring the Bermuda coastline by paddleboard and bike. Eschewing fossil fuels, they towed trash-collecting devices and gathered items that never biodegrade. Check out their story.
This film isn't about our waste problem. It's about solutions. And they are everywhere!
We live in a challenging time. Climate change and mass consumption is threatening our planet's existence. Excessive extraction of natural resources has created immeasurable waste and pollution. This issue is complicated and imminent. While recognition and awareness is important, direct action is by far the most effective. But traditional recycling is not enough. The reuse mission offers a more sustainable solution that everyone can be a part of. REUSE! Because You Can't Recycle The Planet follows Reuse Pro Alex Eaves' cross-country adventure to the 48 contiguous U.S. states. On his journey, he finds endless reuse solutions for our waste problem that are not only
sustainable, but many of which are easy and fun! And he learns just how reuse truly benefits "people, planet, and wallet."
Say No to Plastic Bags - 1:20 min.
With plastic bags literally dropping down like raindrops on individuals of all ages and ethnicities, the narrator presents the harmful effects of plastic bags and promotes reusable one.
Science Today: Plastic Pollution| California Academy of Sciences 2:17 min.
With plastic pollution ending up in our ocean, we can all be part of the solution by
using it less.
Sea of Troubles 10:17 min.
Over the last three years we witnessed some of the strangest conditions ever seen off the West Coast of the United States. What happens next? Was this just a weird few years, an anomaly in the normal flux of ocean conditions? Or was this a shift that we'll look back on, decades from now, and point to as the beginning of a different era?
In this short film award-winning independent filmmaker Jason Jaacks and Bay Nature editorial director Eric Simons
follow marine scientists from the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab and Point Blue Conservation Science as they track the
dramatic changes happening in our ocean.
See more at baynature.org/ocean
In the week leading up to World Oceans Day 2016, National Geographic took to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., with a plastic bag large enough to bring this issue to life at a human scale. This dramatization featuring National Geographic video staff simulates the experience of marine creatures
that become trapped in plastic and can't escape.
The plastic bag, created by art collective Red Dirt Studio, will be recycled through D.C.'s Office of Recycling.
Sources and Impacts of Marine Litter - 3:50 min
An animated documentary showing the sources and adverse impacts of marine litter on sea life.
Stop Marine Plastic Pollution - 2:01 min.
An animated series fromNational Resources Defense Council (NRDC) about how plastic products are polluting the oceans and our environment. Join NRDC and a growing coalition of business, community, and environmental groups to support producer responsibility for marine plastic pollution.
Story of a Spoon - 1:55 min.
A Greenpeace video, the Story of a Spoon charts the story of a plastic spoon, from the Big Bang to the Bin Bag, and aims to raise awareness of the effects of over-consumption in our society. This video is an appeal for people to take a moment to think about how the stuff we buy came into existence, and what happens to that stuff when we no longer have use for it.
Strange Days Action hosted by actor Edward Norton
Plastic Plague - 8:13 min.
Far out at sea and deep in the nation's heartland, experts are discovering the disturbing consequences of a hitchhiker in our waters---plastic. On the remote islands in the Pacific, a team of researchers is trying to solve the mystery of why albatross chicks with full bellies are starving. Many miles away another team is finding more plastic than plankton in giant garbage patch of ocean called the North Pacific Gyre. Can this mystery be solved? What's equally worrisome, is the menacing wake plastic pollution leaves on fresh water and consequently, our health. Scientists in Missouri are finding a gender-bending chemical called bisphenol A in local streams whose source
may be plastics. They are also finding this nasty compound leaching out of commonly used plastic products
(including baby bottles).
Ban the Bag – 1:08 min.
Norton discusses the problems that plastic bags pose to our environment, and suggests the practical solution of
bring your own bag when you shop.
Fourth grade students from a school in Tokyo and a school in New York City worked simultaneously on reducing local plastic litter that contributes to plastic marine pollution in our oceans across the globe.
Tapped - 1:15:00 min.
Tapped examines the financial and ecological impact of the bottled water industry, including the toxic byproducts of manufacturing plastic water bottles.
Teachers’ Guide for Tapped.
The Life Cycle of a Plastic Bottle - 4:07 min.
We've all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away? Journalist Emma Bryce traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles, shedding light on the dangers of these disposables present to our world.
The Majestic Plastic Bag - a Mockumentary - 3:59 min.
It’s easy to forget about things (like plastic bags) once we turn away, put out the trash and go on with our lives…but the bags don’t go away, they go out into the world. Here are some unfortunate images of where they end up. We hope that increased awareness will inspire effective action…specifically…the action of intentionally exchanging our plastic bag habits with re-usable bag habits. It’s so easy. And such a simple way to make a big difference. Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this "mockumentary" video, hammers home the stark
reality of California's plastic bag pollution situation.
The Plastic Age - 17:45 min.
We all talk about the Stone Age, the Iron Age and the Bronze Age, but what era are we living in right now? People are starting to refer to us as the - far less romantic - Plastic Age. We make 288 million tonnes of plastic a year, and unlike paper, metal, glass or wood, it does not oxidise or biodegrade, instead it ends up in our oceans, making the ratio of plastic to plankton 100:1. The way to make use of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Bionic yarn. Co-designed by Pharrell, G-Star’s RAW for the Oceans collection is the world’s first denim line created from plastic that has been fished out of the big blue and recycled. Find out how we can pick 700,000 tonnes of plastic up off the
seafloor in our documentary, made possible by G-Star, The Plastic Age.
The Smog of the Sea - 30 min. 18 sec.
The Smog of the Sea chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited onboard an unusual crew to help him study the sea: renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists on a mission to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans.
After years of hearing about the famous “garbage patches” in the ocean’s gyres, the crew is stunned to learn that the patches are a myth: the waters stretching to the horizon are clear blue, with no islands of trash in sight. But as the crew sieves the water and sorts through their haul, a more disturbing reality sets in: a fog of microplastics permeates the world’s oceans, trillions of nearly invisible plastic shards making
their way up the marine food chain. You can clean up a garbage patch, but how do you stop a fog?
The Story of Bottled Water, The Story of Stuff Project - 8:05 min.
This animated short from The Story of Stuff, narrated by Annie Leonard, takes on the bottled water industry, exposing its attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.
The Story of Micro-beads - 4:35 mins.
At just 0.3mm in size, the tiny micro-beads in your facial scrub are doing more bad than good. Discover just how big an impact these little plastic beads are having on our oceans and marine life. From 5 Gyres.
Top to Top – Global Climate Expedition - 9:57 min.
A Swiss family together with volunteers share the joy of sport and environmental action to protect the climate with young people all over the world. Watch footage from the 'No Plastic Awareness' campaign they organized with the Malaysian Nature Society Langkawi (MNS) and Top-to-Top Foundation at the Kuah Night Market. Among the participants were from NGOs, government organizations, schools,college, locals and expatriates.
Trash Talk – 6 videos plus Teacher’s webinar
Ocean Today, in partnership with the NOAA Marine Debris Program, presents Regional Emmy® Award-winning TRASH TALK, a 15-minute special feature on marine debris for World Ocean Day, designed specifically to be part of World Ocean Day festivities. Videos include:
Trash Talk - Special Feature 15:11 min.
What is Marine Debris? - 2:06 min.
Where does Marine Debris come from? 2:02 min.
How does marine debris impact the ocean, animals, and me? 1:33 min.
Why is Plastic Marine Debris so Common? 2:22 min.
What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? 2:08 min.
What can we do about Marine Debris? 2:02 min.
Teacher’s Webinar for Talk Trash
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) partnered with artist Jim Toomey on a series of two-minute videos to raise awareness of the importance of oceans and the coastal environment. The videos explain the role oceans play in our lives and our very survival. Titles include:
Blue Carbon - 2:09 min.
Carbon is the basis of life on Earth. CO2 is not only absorbed by forests and grasslands, but also by the ocean which is referred to as Blue Carbon. In addition to carbon dioxide (CO2) being produced when we exhale, its
production has exploded from industrial activities, cars, etc. Marine coastal habitats play an important role in
mitigating the CO2 increase. Learn about the interconnections and what you can do.
Green Fins for a Blue Planet - 2:28 min.
Coral reefs are facing serious threats due to poor diving and snorkeling practices. Learn eco-friendly guidelines
which will ensure a reduce environmental impact.
Marine Litter - 2:13 min.
A lot of our trash ends up in the ocean - even trash discarded far upstream. marine littler can travel hundreds of
miles via rivers and waterways to even the most remote parts of the planet causing billions of dollars in damage
and posing threats to sea life and human health. Learn more about this growing problem and how you can be part
of the solution.
Nutrient Runoff - 2:11 min.
The use of fertilizers in agriculture has increased the productivity of our farms. However, this increase has come
with a price. Fertilizers and other chemicals end up in our streams and rivers, and eventually in our oceans. The runoff
from these chemicals creates algae blooms that result in dead zones and destroy coral, fish and mangroves. Learn what
you can do to help.
The Climate Change Connection - 2:19 min.
Oceans are essential for regulating the earth's climate cycle, yet substantial warming trends in the earth's atmosphere are
causing dangerous changes including a rising sea level, increased extreme weather events and polar ice melts. Be informed
so you can help make a difference.
The True Value of Our Oceans - 1:55 min.
Oceans provide us with huge economic benefits, from fishing to tourism, even ingredients for pharmaceuticals. All rely on
a healthy ocean. But they provide so much more in the form of "Natural Capital" compared to traditional economic capital.
Learn about the true value of our oceans and what choices you can make to preserve them.
Waste Water: A Widespread Threat and Missed Resource Adaptation to Sea Level Rise - 2:56 min.
Wastewater has impacts on human health, bodies of water and coastal ecosystems. When adequately managed, wastewater
can become a valuable resource. Watch this video to see how it can be done.
What Is Marine Debris? | A Cartoon Crash Course - 1:54 min.
Jim Toomey’s animated video series - Marine debris is defined as the man-made material that ends up in the oceans—from soda
cans and plastic bottles to sunken ships. It’s in every ocean on Earth, and can kill and injure sea life, impede navigation, leach
chemicals, and even end up in our food. Nationally syndicated cartoonist Jim Toomey, creator of Sherman's Lagoon, joined
forces with The Pew Charitable Trusts to illustrate "marine debris."
UCSB Plastic Pollution Video - 1:25 min.
In conjunction with the Plastic Pollution Coalition, the UCSB Plastic Pollution Coalition partnered to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the use of single-use plastics in the UCSB community through education, policy initiatives, and the promotion of sustainable alternatives. Their efforts include: No to Styro; Compost Pilot Project, Hydration Stations, Party Plastic-Free, a campus read of Moby Duck, and a campus plastic bag ban. Check out this blog post on their success.
Unacceptable Levels - 1:30:00 min.
Learn how thousands of chemicals flow through our system of commerce and are affecting our bodies. The movie shows us how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are and where it might take us if we are not vigilant.
When Balloons Fly 4:04 min.
Balloons can be fun, but they don't belong outside. This colorful and beautiful animation engages kids with the tricky subject of party trash in our waterways. Featuring the animals, staff, and children of the staff of the Wild Seas precinct at Melbourne Zoo in Australia.
Why Plastic Bags are Evil - 1:56 min.
Humous animation dealing with a very serious subject - plastic bags and their impact on the environment. Encourages the use of reusable bags.
To combat this frightening prognosis, Hawaii—among other places—is contemplating a ban on the sale and distribution of single-use polystyrene. In this short film from filmmaker Chris Hanson, 17 Hawaiian
students study the impact of plastic pollution