September 21, 2017
Nature Society

The Trash Isles is an area of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean that’s the size of France – and no-one is doing anything about it. So LADbible and the Plastic Oceans Foundation have gone to the United Nations to declare it as a country, give it a voice and help get this mess cleaned up. “As you read this, an obscene amount of plastic is making its way into the oceans”, explains LADbible, “in total, eight million tonnes a year, or a rubbish truck full of plastic every minute. There is now so much of it, an area cumulatively the size of France has formed in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii. With no one paying attention to this catastrophe, LADbible has teamed up with the Plastic Oceans Foundation to take this country-sized trash patch and turn it into the world’s 196th nation – named the Trash Isles.”

Why to become an official country? By doing so you become a member of the UN, meaning that the country is protected by the UN’s Environmental Charters, which state “All members shall co-operate in a spirit of global partnership to conserve, protect and restore the health and integrity of the Earth’s ecosystem”. This way other countries will be obliged to clean this up. It is possible to become a citizen here. The flag, passport and stamps have been designed by London-based designer Mario Kerkstra. Text Marianna Guernieri

Trash Isles
Organized by: LADbible and Plastic Oceans Foundation
Design: Mario Kerkstra
Credits: images via, and
Year: 2017