A Sad Reminder on Earth Day 2016 from our Very Own Greg Essayan @JeffMitchumGalleries

April 22, 2016

Too. Much. Plastic.

A Sad Reminder on Earth Day 2016 from our Very Own Greg Essayan

During a recent trip to Kaui, Greg Essayan was exploring the beautiful landscapes in search of new fine art images. Unfortunately, he found more walking along the beaches than anticipated. What initially looked like bits of agate and turquoise turned out to be tiny bits of plastic; some the size of grains of sand. As Greg put it, "Very disturbing." 

In January 2016 several news outlets, including the Huffington Post, reported that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050 according to a report from the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. 

"'The best research currently available estimates that there are over 150 million tonnes (165 million tons) of plastics in the ocean today,' the report reads. 'In a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne (1.1 tons) of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight).' In other words, in just 34 years, plastic trash in the ocean will outweigh all the fish in the sea."

So, the question becomes... what can I do? First, there are several things you can do at home to reduce plastic use starting today. Second, you can look to today's youth for a little inspiration. Boyan Slat has created The Ocean Cleanup Project, which hopes to begin it's clean up of our oceans by 2020. Learn more about the project and, if you can, donate to Boyan's and similar efforts around the world like the Seabin Project