PLASTICUS – The whale that questions us on the problem of pollution from plastic microfibres
…for a sea and a world to save.
A few weeks ago we examined a topic in detail entitled: Microplastics from synthetic textile fibres are primarily responsible for the pollution of our seas”. ”
The purpose was to share the enormous problem related to plastic microfibres generated from fabrics, padding and textile products made of synthetic fibres.
An amazing video and evocative image was used: a large whale covered in very small plastic fragments.
From today until 22 April 2018 in Rome, the exhibition promoted by National Geographic entitled “La causa delle cose” (“The reason for things”) will be held at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
One of the undisputed protagonists will be Plasticus, the 10-metre plastic whale of “Sky Ocean Rescue-A sea to save” created using 250 kg of plastic waste.
250 kg is the amount of plastic that is thrown and/or discharged into the sea EVERY Second!! Recent research, studies and sampling have determined that:
- Between 15% and 35% of plastic sent into the sea is made of primary microplastics (size below 5 mm);
- 35/40% of primary microplastics come directly from the use and washing of fabrics, padding and clothing made of synthetic fibres.
Over half a million people were able to “meet” Plasticus during its tour from London to several locations in England, Wales and Scotland. Millions of people were able to get acquainted with it via the media and social networks, and to suggest its name, thanks to the “Name the Whale” campaign.
Plasticus has arrived here in Italy, in Rome, to send a message: thanks to the contribution of each one of us, we can leave a cleaner sea to new generations, well aware of the immense natural resource that we have lost. It is through small daily actions and by changing our decisions, including spending, that we will be able to provide a better future for our seas.