Trash Isles

A bespoke Artwork style for an award-winning concept.

Pollution – and more specifically plastic pollution – is a growing issue and concern for the world. In the North Pacific ocean alone there is an area of trash the size of France, floating.

In response to this, On World’s Oceans Day, The Plastic Ocean Foundation and Ladbible handed an application to the United Nations to declare this area of trash an official country.

Why you ask?

As it stands with current United Nations’ environment charters, if the ‘island’ of trash is recognised as an official country, the rest of the world has to clear it up (clever eh?!).

For this official country to be created, creative duo Michael Hughes and Dalatando Almeida – also known as Dal and Mike – have ensured the ‘island’ has everything it needs to be acknowledged as an official country; defined territory, a government, and a population.

They worked with designer Mario Kerkstra to design bank notes for the Trash Isle’s Debris currency, which Tony Wilson at Jelly& illustrated. The illustrated bank notes depict all manner of wildlife being brutalized by ocean debris.