Friday, March 14, 2014

Before You Even Think About Thowing Away A Tiny Piece Of Plastic, Have A Look At Where It Might End Up...

Before you even think about throwing away a tiny piece of plastic, have a good look at
where it might end up.
An artist photographer based in Seattle Washington, Chris Jordan is best known for his works depicting waste, mass consumption
and ocean garbage.
On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than two thousand miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place. Inside the stomachs of thousands of dead albatrosses.
The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast and polluted Pacific Ocean.
For me says Chris Jordan, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appalling emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth.
Like the albatross, we first world humans find ourselves lacking the ability to discern anymore what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and our spirit.
Choked to death on our waste, the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognise that our greatest challenge lies not out there
but within us...


  1. Pretty appalling.

    These photos or others like them have been around on the web for a while. But they still need to be seen by more people.

    It would surely be a good thing if there were a handy economical way to collect all the plastic trash in the Pacific garbage gyre and melt it down *non-toxically* for recycling. That way there would be incentive for ships to go out there and gather the trash, and after a few centuries of intense plastic harvesting the problem could be resolved - provided there are strong protocols for reusing or disposing of the plastic in ways that don't harm wildlife or the environment.

    As it is, I wish I'd moved into a yurt 30 years ago and gone off-grid. Then I wouldn't have this awful guilty conscience when I see these photos. 'Cause it's us doing this you know, not just some hypothetical corporate "them."

  2. "We have met the Enemy and he is us" Pogo
    Here is the trailer for Chris's film "Midway"

  3. StarTech would of been the solution but they went out of business ??? .. One of these rigs on a Ship or Barge , lets get this technology going again PLEASE ...

    their facebook page :


  5. I have not visited for a day or two so have only just seen this after spending the previous hour and a half of the evening watching Jeremy Irons in "Trash", a film about waste; brilliantly depressing stuff!

  6. 'Aqua Seafoam Shame' trailer here: