ABOUT US

Who We Are

We are raising awareness about ocean plastic pollution to inspire behavioral change through our “BLUE” program. Our origins date back to 2009 as part of the team that helped distribute the award-winning films Kingdom of Blue Whale, Great White Odyssey, National Geographic – Amazing Planet, but our current status has been as a fully independent nonprofit organization since 2016. More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced annually, yet more than 90% of all plastic is not recycled. At least eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year—equal to a garbage truck per minute. Studies find plastic pollutes the air, water and entire food chain, threatening human health, wildlife and the planet. Through solutions-focused films and digital content, Plastic Oceans promotes a global movement to rethink plastic.

Vision

An end to plastic pollution.

Goal

Change consumer behavior, corporate and public policy, and foster solutions to Coastal Sea plastic pollution.

Mission

​Our long term goals are to actively and collectively incubate five solutions toward the prevention and removal of marine plastics on and off-shore.  We are bringing together a community of world leaders focused on innovation, collaboration, education and outreach. We are spearheading and mobilizing focused research and innovative projects to meet the challenge of removing man-made debris from our oceans in support of our next generation while creating new sustainable businesses.

We believe assembling a collaborative team representative of all stakeholders is the key to the success of our mission. The collaborative team will focus on solution incubation for marine debris prevention and removal.  The five targeted groups we include in the collaboration model include: Academics, Corporate America, Government, NGOs & Non-profits, and Individuals/Entrepreneurs. 

Opportunity

​We are bringing the best and brightest leaders to the table to take on the challenge of removing plastics from our oceans while creating sustainable businesses in the process. This includes leaders from the military, federal government, entrepreneurial thinkers, businesses leaders, scientists, researchers, artists, celebrities, fishermen, veterans, and students. 

Our hope is to create a collective community focused on reducing plastic use while finding innovation and collaboration around giving value to plastic waste that will in turn encourage the “mining” of plastics on and offshore.

The Challenge

​Removing plastics from the ocean is complex and arduous but are not reasons to neglect the issue. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, outside of the small amount of plastics incinerated, every bit of  plastic ever manufactured still exists today and is compounding by increasing global production. Every piece of plastic you have ever used is most likely still here somewhere. Up to 80% of marine debris is plastic and comes from runoff, creating a steady stream of plastic into the ocean. In the marine environment, plastics do not biodegrade, they photo-degrade, breaking up from recognizable items of all sizes and shapes into tiny particulates. The challenge is to innovate novel ways to “mine” for plastics, both large and small, remembering that the smaller pieces of plastic are the most challenging ones to capture. Do you eat fish?The broken down pieces are most easily ingested by marine life. If these plastic particles are being consumed by our food source, they too make their way up the food chain into our systems. 

Marc Ford

Energetic, innovative and proven leader in communications, strategic planning, entertainment marketing, media and public relations, licensing and project management. Demonstrates strong ability to innovate, analyze, focus resources, lead teams, manage multiple projects, foster new relationships and achieve high-level results. Experienced developing, implementing and managing campaigns for some of the world’s leading corporations and non- profit organizations.

Marc is a seasoned, multi-award winning French/American Film and TV executive, global marketer, screenwriter and ocean explorer. He serves as Managing Director of Tipstor®, a multi-media consulting agency providing project development, business analysis, strategic planning, marketing, distribution and L&M expertise to some of the most widely known brands and companies in the world. Marc is a published author who serves as an advisor to U.S and International media and entertainment companies, co-production initiatives with government organizations, and multinational film funds and is frequently invited to guest speak at conferences worldwide.