In 2013, a team of three kayakers – including Chris Bensch, Shay Bickley, and Jason Self – with a mission to raise awareness of the problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and rivers travel across the US in search of the root cause of the problem. Their journey to seek out others who inspire with their words and actions, and the elusive “Perfect Day”; a day they can paddle without finding a single piece of plastic or litter in the water, leads to new discoveries and surprisingly simple strategies that have the potential to turn the tide against the onslaught of plastic flooding oceans, rivers, and beaches, which have the potential to disrupt the food web and all life on this planet.
Beginning with the 100 mile Portland to Ocean Trashpedition in 2012, through 2013’s Search for the Perfect Day and beyond, their understanding of the problem and how to resolve it has evolved significantly. This film chronicles that journey.
“We wanted to produce a film with a positive approach to a depressing situation. As our understanding grew over the years, we began to see that the problem of litter is not actually the litter itself, but rather a disconnect between our understanding & actions and the impact on the natural world. We made this film with the sole purpose of sharing what we’ve learned with as many people as possible. We hope to inspire people to unplug and get outside, and introduce someone new to the outdoors so that an inevitable understanding of the intrinsic value of nature can be realized, and advocacy for stewardship and conservation continue to grow.” Jason Self – Team OSOM