More than 300 HPHS students helped create #CleanSeas – from project design to collecting bottles in the lunchroom, local retirement homes, and area events to fabrication and installation. Click to see our labor of love!


For FOCUS 23, HPHS Environmental Science students made a collective intention to raise awareness about plastic waste. Inspired by Loney Whale, Garth Britzman’s PARK(ing) Day, and our partner Shedd Aquarium’s Shedd The Straw, the school created #CleanSeas, a sculpture upcycling 5,000 single-use plastic water bottles filled with colored water.

Join us saying “no thanks” to single-use plastic and embrace reusable or biodegradable alternatives.

Plastic bottles purchased every minute globally.
Single-use plastic bags used every year globally.
Tonnes of plastic waste generated every year globally .
Plastic straws Americans use every day.
Toxic plastic waste currently choking our oceans.

Thin-film plastic makes up nearly half of all plastic waste entering our oceans
Every. Single. Year.

the crisis

Half of all plastic produced, like the water bottles in our art installation, are designed for single-use purposes – 80% of which is never recycled.

When we throw away plastic, it doesn’t disappear. Ultimately, all plastic waste finds its way into oceans where it never breaks down completely. Instead, it turns into into tiny toxic particles called microplastics, now ubiquitous in our rainwater and bloodstreams.

While the magnitude of the crisis can seem overwhelming, we ALL can be part of the solution by changing how we consume and dispose of the plastic we use.

OUR goals

People away from all forms of disposable plastic.
Our planet for the benefit and interest of future generations.
Against the inequalities created by plastic pollution in a proactive and supportive approach.
The entirety of biodiversity and therefore the survival of humanity.
The spread of microplastics that are poisoning our environment.
Citizens about what is recyclable.

Share yOUr voice

What is something you love about the ocean that you would hate to lose to plastic pollution?

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8 habits to limit your plastic footprint

Clean a Beach

Join beach clean-up or take your family along on a beach walk and start your own clean-up.

Shop Sustainably

Choose food with no plastic packaging, carry a reusable bag, buy local products, and refill containers to reduce your plastic waste and effect on the environment.

Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Become a zero-waste champion. Invest in sustainable, ocean-friendly products, reusable coffee mugs, water bottles, and food wraps. Consider options like menstrual cups, bamboo toothbrushes, and shampoo bars.

Travel Sustainably

On vacay, watch your single-use plastic intake. Refuse miniature bottles in hotel rooms, take your own reusable drinking bottle, and use reef-safe, microplastic-free sunscreen.

Advocate for Change

Ask your local supermarkets, restaurants, and suppliers to ditch plastic packaging and tell them why. Pressure your local authorities to improve how they manage waste.

Clean a River

Rivers are direct pathways of plastic debris into the ocean. Join a river clean-up or do your own! The river will look nicer and benefit its ecosystem and the ocean.

Dress Sustainably

The fashion industry produces 20% of global wastewater and 10% of global carbon emissions. Consider sustainable clothing lines, thrift and vintage shops, and clothing repairs.

Go Plastic-Free

Personal care products are a major source of microplastics. Look for plastic-free face wash, day cream, makeup, deodorant, shampoo, and other products.


Engage. Inspire. Drive Impact.