The Plastic Iceberg

The Plastic Iceberg is a representation of the ratio of plastics polluting the ocean surface versus the amount of plastics polluting the deep sea.
An estimated 269 000 tonnes of plastic currently covers the ocean surface, accumulating in oceanic gyres. However, plastic microfibers have been estimated to be as many as four orders of magnitude more abundant in deep-sea sediments than on the ocean surface.
This project aims to act as a reminder of the “invisible” problem of plastic pollution in the deep sea, and how a reduction of our plastic wastage is critical in order to preserve our oceans.
Collaboration with RCA Design Products student Yilan Lu


Rogue Seeds: RCA Green Week | Royal College of Art, 2017
Data Provocation | Royal College of Art, 2016

Team Credits

Jen Haugan

  • Message
  • Freelance Creative Technologist

Project Tags

  • Climate Change
  • Plastic
  • Microplastics
  • Ocean pollution
  • environment communication
  • environmental art
  • Installation
  • pollution
  • Environmental
  • Communication Design