Washed Ashore is another organization combating the issue of major plastic pollution and ghost gear in marine environments. This not-for-profit is a community organization whose mission is to educate and create awareness regarding debris and plastic pollution in our marine environment. While this concept is similar to other initiatives in the field, the method Washed Ashore uses to facilitate the mission is quite unique. Large communities work together to clean up debris and waste from our beaches, which is then constructed into giant sculptures of the types of sea life affected by the plastic pollution. Thousands of pounds of debris have been removed by Washed Ashore, and their creations are part of a traveling exhibition which includes signs encouraging “reducing, refusing, reusing, repurposing and recycling” marine pollution.
Once scrubbed, dried and sorted, the debris is designed, weaved and formed into unique works of art including a Styrofoam coral reef, a plastic bottle sea jellyfish, and a recycled plastic whale rib cage which is 23’ long. Since Washed Ashore’s launched in 2010, more than 12,000 volunteers and 10,000 school students have participated, contributing to over 17 tons of debris being processed and sculpted into more than 65 creations. More than 90% of the debris is plastic items, nylon ropes and fishing net. To read more about this amazing program, visit washedashore.org or look for one of their exhibits HERE.
More details on IAGC's World Oceans Day celebrations, read HERE.