Garbage in the sea /
G-Cubes care for clean oceans.
The Cubes will be sold worldwide in galleries and through the G-Cube network. Half of the revenue raised, will be invested in projects, which, in collaboration with the local population, will promote long-term and sustainable waste disposal – G-Cube becomes a social, unifying project. Our target group are those people who live in isolated communities, far from infrastructure, where waste that is washed cannot be processed.
We want to give these islanders the possibility to participate in the fight against waste. They deserve respect and help, since they have no part in the origins of the waste, washed up onto their shores. Our first plan of action is a collective scavenge for 2018, on the San Blas Islands, in collaboration with the community of the Kuna Indians.
Plastic production globally rising
Plastic production in Europe stable
When plastic waste gets in the sea it has many negative effect on the environment. Plastic cannot be broken down in the sea. Instead, it is transported by wind, waves and currents over long distances and can be found today from the Arctic to the Antarctic, in all parts of the ocean, and on nearly all the world’s beaches. This waste debris, travelling over long distances, also threatens plants, animals and distant ecosystems. Over time the debris will either sink to the seabed or disintegrate into smaller and smaller pieces called micro-plastic. This waste affects countless fish and bird species and also sea mammals, which get tangled up in floating fishing nets, so called ghost nets, as well as ingesting debris with their food intake. Micro-plastic does not only set dangerous substances free inherent in the manufacturing process but is also a binder for other environmental poisons e.g. from agricultural useage. These substances via the plastic then, get into the food chain and therefor pose a health risk to humans.
This growing accumulation of waste in the sea, not only has devastating effects on the environment and the human health; fishing, shipping, beach tourism and last but not least the population as a whole suffer from the consequences. Most waste comes from land and gets into the sea via rivers or wind. People are the key to the solution of the problem. The project G-Cubes can contribute by educating and supporting, in the fight against the pollution.
G-Cubes invests in the reduction of marine debris.
Marine pollution caused by waste has enormous ecological, economic and social consequences. If we don’t do something the problem will only worsen for future generations. This topic garners great attention as part of sustainable development and equal political processes. At the sustainability conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2012, the United Nations recognized the pollution of the sea by waste as an urgent problem. The prevention and reduction of pollution of the seas, by plastic from land-based sources, is part of the UN Sustainability goals, which should be implemented globally over the next 15 years.
G-Cubes also has ecological, economic and a social aspect. During the project, waste will be removed from beaches and oceans and processed into art and sold at the market value. Half of the proceeds will be invested in sustainable, ecological and social projects. G-Cubes thus contributes to the implementation of sustainability goals.
The economic idea of G-Cubes is long-term and sustainable. With the circumnavigation and the development of the big cube for the final exhibition, we also create an economic value to this image. The basic idea of G-Cubes is as a scavenger/collector of waste and as a processor of garbage into a G-Cubes. The waste pays for its own disposal. When we have this circuit of waste collection in operation, we are on target to our goal.