A Hawaiian Attraction That Would Totally Ruin Your Vacation

Yesterday when I threw something away, I saw a sad dolphin in my trash can. Looks like this video did its job.

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Narrator: Hawaii, the ultimate surfing paradise. This archipelago synonymous with pristine white beaches is now joined by a new island, gigantic, floating, and 30 mt deep. It's an island of waste and the ones to suffer most are the inhabitants of the Pacific, its cliffs and coastline. Tons and tons of plastic by products, some of which have landed here in the main hall of the Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich, the Museum of Design in Zurich, at the behest of its director Christian Brändle.

Every 15 seconds a volume of garbage like this, as much as three tons, ends up in the sea. An enormous amount. It lands in the ocean, floats for years, and then breaks down into smaller pieces. In the end we find these microparticles of plastic are eaten by fish. The food chain is contaminated with dramatic consequences for our health.

In just 100 days, each of us throws away this amount of plastic. Cheap packaging, easy to produce. Every day we coexist with these oil derivatives. Of course, much is recycled, yet despite this every year 6.4 million tons of plastic ends up drifting in the ocean around the world.

As a design museum, we are obviously interested in these objects, however, for once we're not exhibiting varying inspired beautiful inspired objects, but instead we show their legacy which is also the legacy of all consumer society.

Archaeology of the future. Today there's not a single square kilometer of sea that has not been polluted by plastic objects. Objects that are not biodegradable but are sometimes transformed. Plastic objects which we continue to produce even when we know that alternatives certainly exist. The risk we take is in our future, when the only fish we find in the water are ones like this.

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This video is a part of the Plastic Garbage Project, an exhibit at the Museum Für Gestaltung Zürich in Switzerland. In case you need another reason to remember your tote bags before heading to the store, this will make you go ewwww...

Jul 24, 2014

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