Turning ocean trash into treasure

Marine pollution is a combination of chemicals and trash, most of which comes from the land and is washed or blown into the ocean. The pollution results in damage to the environment and marine life.

Did you know? Ocean trash can be broken into smaller pieces — known as microplastic — by sun exposure and wave action and can then find its way into the food chain. When it eventually degrades (which takes around 400 years), the process releases chemicals that further contaminate the sea.

A number of artists use waste to create pieces of art that make a statement about human actions on the environment and the importance of recycling. Watch our video about recycled artwork made by the community.