In the spring of 2008, Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal embarked from Los Angeles Harbor for Hawaii aboard JUNK: a raft constructed of 22 sailboat masts, a Cessna airplane fuselage, and 15,000 plastic bottles. Without a motor or a support vessel, the duo set out on their Quixotic journey determined to raise awareness about the proliferation of plastic waste in our seas.
Beset by storms, food shortages, and becalmed seas, Marcus and Joel's ingenuity (and sanity) are pushed to the brink as their 6-week spectacle unravels into an 88 day odyssey. As the days linger and resources wane, all that's left to do is think; Marcus's mind is awash with memories from the Gulf War and visions for a more sustainable future. What can a resource war in the 90s teach us about how we consume material resources today?
Sieving a confetti of tiny plastic fragments from the ocean, unable to identify their form or origin, Marcus challenges consumers and plastic manufacturers alike, "when you throw something away, where IS away?"