● A series of images have re-imagined iconic movie posters to showcase the growing issue of plastic in our oceans
● Among the films given the realistic re-design are Jaws, The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Aquaman and Cast Away
● If current levels of plastic pollution continue, plastic is expected to outweigh all the fish in the oceans by 2050
A series of images have re-imagined iconic, ocean based, movies such as Jaws and Aquaman to give a realistic representation of the plastic pollution in our oceans – and the results are shocking and slightly disturbing.
The images come from Oceans Plastic Free, a sustainable toilet and kitchen roll company, who aim to highlight how action is needed sooner rather than later to tackle this growing problem.
Among the movie posters redesigned are 70s thriller Jaws, which now depicts the infamous
shark targeting a plastic bottle rather than an unsuspecting swimmer complete with a six-pack ring caught in the animal’s teeth.
Other posters included in the series include Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo, Castaway and DC’s Aquaman.
Each of the movie posters featured include a slider mechanic so that users can quickly compare the original against the re-designed image.
Calls for countries to tackle the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans have been growing in recent years, with countries like Bermuda recently calling for more aggressive action to tackle the issue ahead of last year’s climate conference, COP26.
Their deputy minister claimed their beaches and shorelines were currently blighted by litter from the US and further afield and warned the issue would have far reaching consequences, from impacting tourism which the island relies on to affecting the health of residents.
There is currently an estimated 165 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans, that’s 65 million tonnes heavier than the world’s heaviest object, The Great Wall of China.
According to a recent report, by 2050 there is expected to be more plastic than fish in the ocean by weight.
Graham Cox, the Managing Director for Oceans Plastic Free, adds: “From underwater civilisations to out-of-control sea creatures and mermaids, these ocean-themed movies have it all. Well, nearly. One thing that’s often absent from these underwater adventures is the plastic pollution that is now unfortunately a feature of our waters.
While we appreciate that films are a means of entertainment and often escapism, the reality is the silver screen is currently filming our oceans through a rose-tinted camera lens; portraying crystal clear waters filled with biodiversity. Which is what we should be aiming for, but in order to achieve this we need to first acknowledge the current situation. Which is decidedly less picturesque, with figures from the Marine Conservation Society suggesting that every year around 11 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year”.