Ocean Red

These pictures were taken on beaches around the world.

Photo ©Icarus Blake

Photo ©Icarus Blake

These pictures were taken on beaches around the world. They are part of my documentation on the detrimental effects of human waste around the planet.

Here are the numbers about plastic bags:
Number of plastic bags consumed in the U.S. every 5 seconds (Sierra Club)

Number of plastic bags consumed worldwide every 10 seconds (Sierra Club)

1 billion
Number of plastic bags Americans use every year (Clean Air Council)

30,000 tons
Landfill waste created from plastic bags each year (Clean Air Council)

Less than 1 percent
Amount of plastic bags that are recycled (Clean Air Council)

Cost of recycling 1 ton of plastic bags (Clean Air Council)

The amount that recycled product can be sold for (Clean Air Council)

Photo ©Icarus Blake

Photo ©Icarus Blake

And these are the numbers about plastics:

Estimated number of pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of the world’s oceans (Clean Air Council)

2.4 million pounds
Amount of plastic pollution that enters the world’s oceans every hour (Clean Air Council)

1 million
Number of plastic cups that are consumed on airline flights in the U.S. every 6 hours (Chris Jordan)

2 million
Number of plastic beverage bottles that are used in the U.S. ever 5 minutes. The number of plastic water bottles discarded in the U.S. every week could circle the Earth five times. (Plastic Pollution Coalition)

93 percent
Amount of plastics that are not recovered and go to landfills in the U.S. (Plastic Pollution Coalition)

Number of disposable cups the average American office worker uses every year. (Clean Air Council)

Number of years a Styrofoam cup discarded today will remain in a landfill (Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo)

Photo ©Icarus Blake

Photo ©Icarus Blake

And since I’m sitting in front of a computer… these are the numbers of our Electronic Waste

20 to 50 million metric tons
Amount of electronics the world throws away annually. That’s the equivalent of trashing 45,500 to 125,000 fully loaded 747s each year. (

10-18 percent
Amount of electronics that are recycled. (

304 million
Electronics disposed of from U.S. households in 2005 — two-thirds of them still worked. (Clean Air Council)

Number of homes that could be powered for a year if we recycled all of the cellphones retired annually. (Clean Air Council)

Photo ©Icarus Blake

Photo ©Icarus Blake


Icarus Blake & Max Power: Editors in Chief
Lora Wiley: Managing Editor
Teo J. Babini: Senior Editor
Greta Pininfarina: Fashion Director
Miko Sala: Art Director
Tiffany Credle: Senior Publishing Editor
Daniel Cardona: Graphic Designer
Luigi Scarcella: Graphic Illustrator
Matt Heidkamp: Editorial Producer and eCommerce Manager
Nancy Cooper: Finance Supervisor
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Contributors to this issue:

Eric Hill/Global Odyssey: Motorcycle Ride Through East Africa, The Witch Doctor
Eric came to the realization that he wanted to spend some extensive time traveling after leaving North America the first time to go down to Peru with a few friends. Growing up he was raised as one of six children in a strict religious home. Growing up with a professor father they traveled extensively within the US, he always said from a young child that, some day, he would visit every country in the world. That first time while traveling abroad, he could see why he never felt comfortable following the religion he grew up with, he realized happiness and truth were not exclusive to the belief system he was raised in. These thoughts and ideas have led him to his current quest, to find that awesome exists in every country. Awesome in the form of happiness, adventure, laughter and the quest for something more.

Robert Boucheron/Fabulous You
Robert Boucheron is an architect in Charlottesville, Virginia, website His stories, essays, poems and book reviews are in Atticus Review, Black Heart, Construction, Cossack Review, Digital Americana, Foliate Oak, IthacaLit, Milo Review, Montreal Review, Mouse Tales Press, New England Review, New Orleans Review, The New Poet, Niche, North Dakota Quarterly, Pachinko, Piedmont Virginian, Poydras Review, Talking Writing, 34th Parallel, Virginia Business.

Raoul Beltrame/Riot Ready Fitness
Italian-french fashion photographer and videographer.

JJ Biasucci/Riot Ready Fitness
JJ Biasucci is a health guru and integrative therapist with clients from all walks of life from the fashion industry to the US Marine Corp. He began his training at age 6 with kickboxing legend Ted Pryor and began learning energy work at age 7 with Sifu Cheng, a Taoist holy man from China via Korea. After the military he worked as a consultant to a security company in South Florida. He left the security business to then begin a career in modeling, working mainly as a fitness model. In the last 10 years that JJ has been in New York he has studied and now teaches: MMA, Circular Strength Training and Yoga. James is also a proficient therapist dedicating time to working in Haiti, the Middle East and Beth Israel Hospital under the umbrella of Urban Zen and The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.

The Dime Store Casanova /It’s Summer Again!
Joe Sonnenblick is an actor and writer, has studied under the tutelage of New York’s dope fiends, pushers, vagrants and women. Thanks to coffee and pot.

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