Over the past hundred and thirty odd years John Mason International Movers has seen all kinds of extraordinary items come and go. Today saw one of the more unusual items as ‘Plasticus’, a 10 metre long whale made an appearance.
The whale made by Sky Ocean Rescue is made from plastic recovered from the ocean, beach cleans and local recycling plants. It was created to raise awareness of the issue and inspire and educate the nation on how to make small and easy changes that can have a real and measurable impact – from saying no to plastic straws and plastic bags, to using refillable water bottle.
Explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who helped launch the campaign has seen first-hand just how far plastic waste can travel around the globe, said: “I’ve explored some of the most remote and vast points of the world and yet still witnessed the reach of ocean pollution. Between 1979 and 1982 my team completed the first surface circumpolar navigation of Earth and during both the Atlantic and the Pacific voyages we witnessed the amount of pollution, much of which was plastic and that was just on the surface. It is vital that we all take action to protect our oceans and we must act now before the scale of this problem heightens further. Simple changes to everyday life are easy to do and give us the chance to prevent further damage. We all use plastic but we have to think beyond ourselves and save our beautiful and important seas. I’m pledging my support and hope others will follow.”
For more information on ‘Plasticus’ and how you can become an #OceanHero visit skyoceanrescue.com.
About Sky Ocean Rescue
As Europe’s leading entertainment company, we want to use our voice and potential reach to inspire people to take action to protect our planet, raising awareness of how plastics and other pollution are affecting our oceans. Sky Ocean Rescue is the environmental campaign, part of the Bigger Picture which also inspires the new generation through the power of sport, and invests further in creativity and diversity in our industry to make a difference.
Plastic – The Facts
• 13 billion single-use plastic bottles are sold in Britain each year (an average of 200 per person) – less than half of these are recycled (source: Nottingham University, Environmental Technology Centre)
• Most types of plastic are not biodegradable. They can stay in the ocean for centuries. (source: UNEP)
• Microplastics have been found inside a third of fish in the English Channel (source: Plymouth University)
• We use over 35 million plastic bottles every day in the UK (source: WRAP)
• 40% of all plastic in Europe is only used once (source: Plastics Europe)
• 80% of the plastic pollution in the ocean comes from us on land (source: Eunomia Research & Consulting)