‘Plastic Porn’ website not quite what you think

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Porn is big business, whether it's of the flesh or food variety. While both generally involve ogling images on a computer screen, one is definitely not suitable to engage in while at work, while the other is okee-dokey...even while the kiddos or gourmand-loving boss is present. Now, we can add "plastic porn" to the lineup, but it's hardly as perverted as you might imagine -- in fact, it's altogether sobering.

The brainchild of designer and art director Ivan Cash, Plastic Porn is not so much a visual depot for online lovers of the pervasive synthetic material as it is a grassroots effort to help motivate environmental sympathizers to do something, anything to help liberate our oceans from plastic waste. The artsy entrepreneur acknowledges purposely selecting the name of his website in an effort to generate word of mouth rather than to make light of what he clearly believes is a worthy and necessary cause.

Once you get beyond the attention-grabbing domain name and take a few moments to explore the site, it is quite evident that Cash is passionate about his subject matter. Assembled on his "facts page" are some of the most troubling authoritative accounts of how plastic pollution is wrecking havoc on marine ecosystems, which he invites visitors to digest before jumping ahead to his "action" page.

His approach at motivating the masses is particularly appealing because he makes the process simple, concise and entirely doable. Once you understand that change begins with curbing personal plastic consumption, he then advises interested parties to recycle, donate to specific credible organizations that actively pursue conservation projects and get personally involved by participating in coastal cleanup efforts.

Taking it one step further, Cash says that spreading the word about the eco-pitfalls of plastic will not only help to educate and inform but also potentially help to break the bad habits of those in our personal sphere of influence as well as strangers that we encounter on the street. He makes it incredibly easy by offering a downloadable collection of eye-catching pre-designed posters, business cards and stickers that can be handed out to plastic offenders.

To round out his all-encompassing plan to abolish plastic from our lifestyles (and ultimately our oceans), Cash wisely offers everyone an opportunity to submit Flickr pictures that capture the plastic offenders that we see out on the street. Ultimately, all photos are included in Plastic Porn's very public slide show, which he suggests will potentially ridicule the guilty parties into cleaning up their act. In light of the news that an "Atlantic" version of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was not only recently discovered but also mapped, we would all be wise to keep Plastic Porn in our favorites list, visit it regularly and let others know about this handy, well-intentioned motivational resource.

Elizah Leigh | @elizahleigh
Elizah Leigh's master's degree in education combined with her passion for the written word and deep-seated interest in environmental issues has proven to be the ideal trifecta for her present status as a green journalist. Currently commissioned to write a reference book on vegetarianism, Elizah hopes to inspire people through her words. Follow Elizah on Facebook.

Photo credit: surfrider.org

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