Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong (previously here and here) is fascinated with water, but the artist kept his lense above the surface for his latest project Mermaids Hate Plastic to highlight a serious problem.

Statistically, an average American uses about 167 plastic bottles each year, so by the time he's 60 the total will be around 10,000. Because of that, Von Wong borrowed 10,000 plastic bottles from Tomra waste management center, took everything to a warehouse and began working with a large group of collaborators.

The end result is series of captivating aesthetically pleasing images about an environmental issue, done in a really unique way.

Plastic in the ocean causes much more than water pollution, it releases toxins that can potentially contaminate water sources and this also negatively affects air quality.

To get more information about the project and its cause, check out #MermaidsHatePlastic.

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