Last night we paid a fantastic visit to Jimmy’s Iced Coffee HQ in Christchurch, Dorset, to listen to the surfer and photographer, Tim Nunn, talk about his adventures in surf, the wilderness and ‘discovering’ the problem of plastic in our oceans.
Tim gave a very compelling talk using just his photographs (he’s a professional, they’re awesome) from years of travels across some of the coldest and remotest regions of Europe. Tim’s travels took us to the rocky shores of the Orkney Islands, the frozen coves of Iceland, the bear grizzly forests off Canada and a group of very remote islands four hours sail from Norway. To put it simply, if it was remote and cold, this is where the stories were set.
Whilst Tim’s tails of camping and surfing in these locations were both fascinating and funny, the ultimate build up was in fitting together his pictures to form a story of plastic. Tim has been spurred along on his travels to seek out a ‘plastic free’ ocean shore – does it exist? Unbelievably, not yet it seems.
Tim has started what is set to be a high-impact collective of works called The Plastic Project, which documents the ‘unseen’ plastics we have drifting within our oceans and which ultimately end up inside our fish populations, wrapped around the necks of sea birds and clogging up our once beautiful shores.
(Images from Tim Nunn Photography and The Plastic Project)
The story of plastic and waste is of course not new, most of us realise that plastic is not very degradable and incredibly damaging for our environment, we see it every day on the ground wherever we live. Globally, we produce around 300 billion pounds of plastic per year which adds on to the previous year’s wasted production and decades of the same before that (it takes hundreds of years for a single plastic bottle to degrade).
So what can we do about this? Well, we have a CHOICE in directing the change we want to see. As consumers we can chose to not buy the product with the most unnecessary packaging, and we can recycle – this way forcing the hand of the brands to change the way that they design their products. As young professionals we can apply our skills for design, science, technology, marketing, entrepreneurship – career pathways leading the hand of innovation, in creating a more ethical and environmentally-conscious business environment.
To find out more about Tim Nunn’s work please visit The Plastic Project website: www.theplastic-project.com
It’s time to bite the hand that feeds us…