It is estimated that every year more than 6.4 million tons of plastic debris end up in the sea.
As standard plastic is not degradable, it remains in the ocean for decades if not centuries and forms into islands of plastic garbage.
To draw attention to this major environmental issue, an exhibition has been organised in the Egyptian capital Cairo.
Out To Sea, the Plastic Garbage Project is an education project that originated in Switzerland.
The Cairo show features plastic pick up by a team of volunteers in Egypt’s seas and along the Nile River.
“We collected plastic waste from different areas in Egypt, both from the sea and from the beaches. Our goal is try to raise awareness about the negative effects of plastic,” explained the show’s curator Menat Allah.
The project is composed of two main parts: the exhibition and the workshops, where visitors are shown how to upcycle different plastic items into tools or daily objects.
Organisers hope to deliver one central message: plastic floating in our seas is dangerous and there are alternatives.
‘Out To Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project’ is on in Cairo until late November before touring Alexandria and the Red Sea.