Crew member wanted to join 5 Gyres and Electrolux expedition to survey and record plastic pollution in the ocean

January 5th, 2011 by Karin Schollin

(click on image to see video of marine plastic pollution project)

Electrolux and the world-renowned research organization 5 Gyres are going on a joint expedition to trawl the oceans for plastic.

Electrolux and 5 Gyres are inviting one devotee to join the expedition through Beagle Channel to Valdivia, Chile as a part of the crew.

Within the framework of the Vac from the sea project, Electrolux are to recruit one of the crew members to the 5 Gyres expedition in March.

The expedition will leave the Beagle Channel on 3 March 2011 and will be at sea for 11 days before reaching the final destination in Valdivia, Chile on 14 March 2011.

The selected crew member will be on-board to work.  Whoever gets the chance of being a crew member on the boat will be asked to report and provide information about the expedition and its discoveries on the Vac from the sea-blog.

The crew member must…

  • Have a genuine interest in environmental issues, particularly in plastic marine pollution
  • Be a experienced writer and photographer
  • Be a team player who’s willing to do his share of crew duties (helping with shifts, cooking, cleaning and assisting researches when needed)
  • Not get seasick easily
  • Able to swim 200 metres
  • Able to lift 1/3 their body weight
  • Prepared to  work odd hours
  • Speak functional English

How to apply

Anyone who wants to become a crew member on the expedition can apply by recording a short film in which he or she tells their name, place of living, why exactly he or she is suited and how their presence would contribute to the journey.

The film should be placed on Youtube and the link sent to

Last day to apply is 31 January 2011.

Visit The Vac From the Sea blog for more information on applying for this position.

Trawling for plastic

The 5 Gyres mission is to conduct research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s ocean. On the expedition that sails between Walvis Bay, Namibia to Montevideo, Uruguay (5 January 2011 to 4 February 2011), Electrolux and 5 Gyres will be trawling the South of the Atlantic, for plastic. The plastic will be analyzed at the laboratory in Redondo Beach, CA, and later sent to Electrolux to be a part of the Vac from the sea exhibition.

About Vac from the sea

To inspire people to solve the plastic paradox and bring awareness to the plastic environmental situation, one of the world’s largest home appliance makers, Electrolux, has with the help of organizations gathered plastic waste from the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea and turned the marine plastic pollution into five unique vacuum cleaners.

The global initiative aims to bring attention to the issue of plastic pollution and at the same time combat the scarcity of recycled plastics needed for making sustainable home appliances.

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