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Mermaids Swim In A 10,000 Plastic Bottle Ocean To Show How Much Average Person Pollutes Earth
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Photography, Social Issues5 years ago

Mermaids Swim In A 10,000 Plastic Bottle Ocean To Show How Much Average Person Pollutes Earth

Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong (previously here and here) is fascinated with water, but the artist kept his lense above the surface for his latest project Mermaids Hate Plastic to highlight a serious problem.

Statistically, an average American uses about 167 plastic bottles each year, so by the time he’s 60 the total will be around 10,000. Because of that, Von Wong borrowed 10,000 plastic bottles from Tomra waste management center, took everything to a warehouse and began working with a large group of collaborators. The end result is series of captivating aesthetically pleasing images about an environmental issue, done in a really unique way.

Plastic in the ocean causes much more than water pollution, it releases toxins that can potentially contaminate water sources and this also negatively affects air quality. To get more information about the project and its cause, check out #MermaidsHatePlastic.

More info: vonwong.com | Facebook | 500px

Photographer Benjamin Von Wong put mermaids in a 10,000 plastic bottle sea to raise awareness about pollution

Plastic in the ocean causes much more than water pollution

It releases toxins that can potentially contaminate water sources and this also negatively affects air quality

“If the average American uses 167 plastic bottles a year, in 60 years they will have used 10,000 plastic bottles”

“Over the course of a few days, a small army of volunteers came to help de-label, un-cap, and clean our 10,000 bottles”

Change happens when individuals come together to fight for something they believe in,” the artist said

If you love this project, consider going to MermaidsHatePlastic.com and signing Von Wong’s Change.org pledge to reuse your bottles

For more information, check out the video below:

 

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Yvonne Bernal
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Litter bugs are one of my biggest pet peeves. I understand the article, but it fails to mention how many Americans recycle. Most Americans have special trash containers to put their recyclable materials in to be taken to the proper disposal site. AND a lot of Americans (including myself) personally take our plastic bottles and aluminum cans to the recycle site and receive cash back in return.

Arty
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yet...recycling use A LOT of energy, and not everything is really recycled (sometimes just "treated"). You have totally drinkable water at the tap in America, why use plastic bottles?

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Louie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know how it is in other countries, but in Sweden we recycle most plastic bottles. Do others just throw them away? Anyway, beautiful pictures and message!

Tanya Bara
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No we don't in America . This article is only true if everybody were tossing their bottles into the ocean or landfills

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Victoria Wei
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know. This is about pollution, but WHERE DID U GET THE MERMAID TAILS?

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Yvonne Bernal
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Litter bugs are one of my biggest pet peeves. I understand the article, but it fails to mention how many Americans recycle. Most Americans have special trash containers to put their recyclable materials in to be taken to the proper disposal site. AND a lot of Americans (including myself) personally take our plastic bottles and aluminum cans to the recycle site and receive cash back in return.

Arty
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yet...recycling use A LOT of energy, and not everything is really recycled (sometimes just "treated"). You have totally drinkable water at the tap in America, why use plastic bottles?

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Louie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know how it is in other countries, but in Sweden we recycle most plastic bottles. Do others just throw them away? Anyway, beautiful pictures and message!

Tanya Bara
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No we don't in America . This article is only true if everybody were tossing their bottles into the ocean or landfills

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Victoria Wei
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know. This is about pollution, but WHERE DID U GET THE MERMAID TAILS?

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