Original by Shane Swann
Medium Acrylic, coloured pencil and felt tip.
Art inspired by the documentary – A Plastic Ocean
It is reported about 300 million tons of plastic is produced each year. Only about 10% of that we recycle. It is estimated 7 million tons of our global plastic waste ends up in the sea per year. Much of this plastic is mistakingly consumed or absorbed by marine species. Seabirds such as albatross, collect fish to feed their young on land. Many of these chicks die before they reach adulthood, because their parents mistakingly feed them so much plastic, as they confuse the colourful floating fragments for fish. When the plastic breaks down, it mixes with other toxins in the sea, this is absorbed by microscopic sea creatures, and poisons its ways back up and through the food chain of marine life.