“The sea...
once it casts its spell,
holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
- Jacques Yves Cousteau
“Insanity:
Doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results.”
- Albert Einstein
000,000,000
plastic water bottles have found their way
into the sea so far this year
“Plastic is so permanent, and so indestructible
that when you cast it into the ocean...
it does not go away”
- Sir David Attenborough
In 2017 ...
Aussie filmmaker Richard Pain begins
an epic swim down Australia’s East Coast.
His aim:
to publicize the plastic waste polluting our seas,
particularly the scourge of plastic water bottles.
To protect him on his journey,
Richard will be swimming in a cage.
But this will be no ordinary cage...
To highlight the cause,
Richard’s cage will be a 33-foot long,
giant plastic bottle.
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The story so far …

First Recce – Brisbane, Australia

As I settle into my economy seat it occurs to me that the Big Bottle will be a lot smaller than the fuselage of this aircraft, which brings on a mild wave of claustrophobia… [...]

Nearing the starting line

7 years, 4 children and 1 marriage later, having suffered cytomegalovirus, rotator cuff problems and the odd near-death financial experience, Richard is still in the game. He has turned the project into something achievable and is finally [...]

Tough schedule – maybe too tough?

2010: Training 2 hours a day. Eating a lot of bananas; 2011: Training 4 hours a day. Eating even more bananas; 2012: Runs out of puff; 2013-15: Taking stock. And taking care of business; 2016: [...]

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Other news

Nearing the starting line

7 years, 4 children and 1 marriage later, having suffered cytomegalovirus, rotator cuff problems and the odd near-death financial experience, Richard is still in the game. He has turned the project into something achievable and is finally [...]

Australia’s history with plastic – a mixed bag

Make no mistake about it: plastic is bad. And plastic in the ocean is about as bad as it can get. As far as plastic pollution is concerned, Australia is far from innocent. In fact, [...]

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