Out to Sea – an ocean of plastic

Today, 9,5 tons of plastic is produced every second and every year around 10 million tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean. Plastic is a practical, convenient material that has become a natural part of our daily lives – but what happens when plastic becomes waste, ends up in the ocean and is washed up on beaches? Out to Sea is an exhibition that describes the situation today, the background to the problem and what we can do about it.

23 March – 3 July 2017

Ever since mass-produced plastic products started making our lives easier, the Earth’s oceans have begun to gradually transform into a gigantic plastic soup. 80 percent of all waste that reaches the oceans comes from land. Most of the waste falls to the ocean floor, 15 percent floats around on or near the surface and a further 15 percent sooner or later gets washed up along coastlines.

Conventional plastic is not biodegradable, so these pieces get broken up into ever-smaller pieces and enter the food chain. In the end, this waste ends up on our dinner plates, with serious consequences for our health.

To deal with this enormous problem, the UN included reducing marine waste as part of Sustainable Development Goal number 14: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”. It is a major challenge. Researchers have estimated that the quantity of plastic waste that goes out to sea will double within ten years unless we take serious action.

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The Plastic Garbage Project has been produced by the Museum of Design Zürich in cooperation with several organizations and is partly financed by crowdsourcing.

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Out to Sea is partly financed by crowdsourcing

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Lawrence Molloy, Australia
Kathryn O’connell, Cambodia
Douglas Worts, Canada
Lotta Desbordes, France
Markus Will, Germany
Sanjay Prakash, India
Anonymous, Japan
Lisa Hladnik, Malta
Robin Al-Salehi, Sweden
Maria Nordenson Carlgren, Sweden
Daniel Mensch, Sweden
Anders Söderlund, Sweden
Karin Karlsson, Sweden
Sakip Murat Yalcin, Sweden
Sara Skrtic, Sweden
Sarah Cornell, Sweden
Eva Strömfelt, Sweden
Shawn Westcott, Sweden
Jakob Granit, Sweden
Åsa Nordstrand, Sweden
Jaana Nyfjord, Sweden
Erika Svensson, Sweden
Mike Schragger, Sweden
Rikard Hård Af Segerstad, Sweden
Anna Bokström, Sweden
Magnus Emfel, Sweden
Ulla Wandemar, Sweden
Lisa Baumgartel, Sweden
Helena Ek Tidstrand, Sweden
Mats Ek Tidstrand, Sweden
Marie Neeser, Sweden
Christine Jakobsson, Sweden
Annika Piirimets, Sweden
Eric Usher, Sweden
Sonny Johanson, Sweden
Barbara Evaeus, Sweden
Helena Ek Tidstrand, Sweden
Alexander & Marilyn Mehlman, Sweden
Victoria Ronge, Sweden
Christina Von Bergen Wessman, Sweden
Fabian Wrede, Sweden
Andreas Kuntsel, Sweden
Rebecka Dahlén, Sweden
Jenny Ingeborg Maria Wrede, Sweden
Soerine Kierkegaard, Sweden
Birgitta Wrede, Sweden
David Sommervell, UK
Alexia Muscat, UK
Pam Lippe, USA
Aki Namioka, USA
Joel Makower, USA
David Berry, USA
Peg AtKisson, USA
Denise Knight, USA
Richard Norgaard, USA
Jeanne Bragdon, USA
Mike Kensler, USA
Susan Gibbons, USA
Ernest Hughes, USA
Nora Grafton, USA
Diana Wright, USA
Austin Spinella, USA
Denise Benitez, USA
Lenore Meadows, USA
Pamela Ramadei, USA
Monica Nogara, USA

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Last updated 3 July 2017.