On the image above you can see that a normal bird at sea is found with an average of 33 plastic parts in their stomach. If we would have the same amount it would be as much as a lunch box full of plastic in our tummies. Terrible. A million birds died last year around Swedish shores after eating plastic or after getting stuck in it.
I have been doing a exhibition for the project Fishing For litter. It’s Kimo Baltic Sea that helps fishermen get the trash out of the baltic sea. Each Fisherman get a big bag to collect garbage and with this they can recycle the trash in the harbor for free. Lots of fishermen collects trash the get in their nets anyway but with this project the garbage is measured, counted and it’ll cost them nothing to recycle. Otherwise there is normally a fee for it. There is loads of trash at sea. Big islands of it. An estimate is that only 15% comes back up on shores and on the surface the rest is lost at the bottom or simply drifting around.
I made a box with info about the project, all the trash and the fishermen that now is traveling around Sweden. It’s gonna be in museums, libraries and on festivals. On one of the sides you can fish by pulling on the orange tabs. Then you can see things that fishermen have found in sea for real.
It’s the foundation Håll Sverige Rent (Keep Sweden Tidy) that organize this. And I’m happy to say that this year I’m their ambassador.
There are loads of plastic in the sea, and other strange stuff like computer stuff, old washing machines, oil barrels and cans.
Old clothes, shoes, Hoovers, metal and even more plastic.
I also made small aquariums out of trash.
These fishermen works out of the Simrishamn harbor and it’s Jenny who has taken the images. The waves on the boxes are filled with photo’s of trash.
About 100 000 marine mammals die each year after eating trash or gotten stuck in it.
More info about Fishing for litter in English.
All the graphic design is made by Åsa Hammarström.
Read more on Håll Sverige Rents Homepage.
We also made this peep fisherman.