Captain Paul Watson:

«If Ocean Dies, We’ll Die»

«Wear the Responsibility of the Oceans», - that's how a famous musician Farell Williams promotes his new collection, made in cooperation with a denim brand G-Star Raw. Denim made from debris found in the ocean is one more idea which appeared on the unique international platform Parley For The Oceans, where the best minds of mankind annually discuss the most urgent problems of the World Ocean and the ways to solve them.

The inspirer of the project is Captain Paul Watson, the creator and permanent leader of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He speaks about his new project Parley For The Oceans, aimed at getting rid of plastic rubbish and about cooperation with the famous musician, idol of many fans.

According to recent studies, about 200 tons of plastic are drifting in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean. Most part of this debris gets into giant crater. Some amount of plastic is cast ashore by ocean waves. Sunlight splits plastic into tiny parts. Fish, water animal and birds swallow transparent plastic rubbish, taking it for food.

There are no accurate data, but according to the reseach made in 2012 from 57 to 135 thousand of whales are tangled in different parts of plastic annually. But there are figures which cannot be assessed: millions of fish, birds, turtles, marine mammals and other animals die because of plastic rubbish. Plastic consumed by fish damages their internal organs, according to the latest data. And this means that everything, which is caught up in the oceans, can be dangerous to eat.

If we don't clean the oceans from plastic and stop further pollution, we can face the extinction of many marine species and irreversable changes of huge ecosystem. Health of the people whose diet is based on fish and sea products is also in danger. That's why our main goal is to delete small pieces of plastic from the ocean. They are diffused in a large water area and almost not visible in water, so it's not so easy to collect them.

Center of plastic vortex, a large crater where oceanic flows bring most part of debris, is constantly moving. It's very hard to collect the plastic and not to damage fish and other inhabitants of the oceans. Just a small part of debris is left on the water surface while most of it sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Large parte of the rubbish is cast ashore where it can be easily gathered. It's enough to use the help of volunteers and organize a cleanup. It does not require complicated technologies and much money.

This is the basis of our project: saving as much more lives of marine animals by getting rid of plastic rubbish from beaches and the World Ocean. And not just to ged rid of it, but to recycle it into useful materials. We have a more complicated task to clean the ocean from small plastic particles and not to hurt its inhabitants. These technologies are still being developed, but we support all the research in this field made by a brilliant team of inventors and specialists from different spheres.

«I want to be plastic!» – this quote by Andy Warhol reveals our admiration to plastic as a material. It's perefect. It can have almost any texture and any color, it looks excellent when it's new. There are thousands of kinds of polymeric matarials adopted fro different tasks. It is this feature of plastic which makes it almost irreplacable by other moreeco-friendly materials. Besides cleaning the ocean, we put our efforts to education. We tell about responsible usage of disposable polymeric products. Moreover, our researchers are working on alternative material, filters machines and new ways of plastic recycling.

Any beautiful and sexy thing is the most effective way to tell people about the problem of plastic rubbish. That's why we have to produce such products that will be liked by customers, who can choose clothes that are fashionable, stylish and really useful for the environment. Everything we prosuce from plastic rubbish, gathered in the ocean, also helps us to gather additional funds for the research. That how Farell Williams appeared in the project. He created a unique collection of denim clothes made with polymeric fibers from oceanic plastic.

Creative work is one way to save the world from our dark side. This is an ajar door to the future, which is full of ecological harmony between humankind and diversity of wonderful creatures that we're sharing our planet with. If the ocean dies, we'll die.

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