Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Inspiration Targets


PETMAT – Architecture from plastic waste, project of the Experimental studio at the Faculty of Architecture, ČVUT.

The growing amount of plastic waste poses a serious threat to the planet’s eco system, especially the seas and oceans. In Czechia, the volume of recycled plastic waste grows year to year but unfortunately, waste dumps still thrive. PET(b)rick presents specially shaped plastic bottles that can be later used as building material, interior design elements or toys.

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Petra Němcová

Top model, philanthropist, founder of the Happy Heart Fund and a World Tsunami Awareness Advocate


The Billion Oyster

The goal of The Billion Oyster initiative by Benjamina Von Wonga is recreation of the sea eco system in the New York harbour. Oysters play the leading role here. Their home used to be the Hudson river, but that changed because of pollution and fishing which brought these mussels to the brink of extinction. A new population of oysters would contribute to cleaner water in the New York harbour and its surroundings.

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Bionic Yarn

Bionic Yarn produces strong and durable yarn from recycled plastic waste found in the oceans. They offer three kinds of yarn, each of a different structure and different percentage of recycled plastic. The company is quickly moving from an alternative bridging a gap in the market towards a mainstream fashion industry. Plastic waste is gathered from oceans by marine organisations and later used by recycling companies to improve the quality of Bionic Yarn.

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100 % Polluted Water Popsicles

The school project 100% Polluted Water Popsicles drew the attention of the media and was presented at several exhibitions in Taipei, including an exhibition of young designers of the Taipei World Trade Centre 2017. Approximately 90% of solid waste in the popsicles consists of plastic. Together with suspiciously tinted water, the popsicles contain dirt, dead fish, cigarettes, netting, oil and plastic waste of all forms – packaging, water bottles, lids etc.

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Parley for the Oceans and Adidas

Parley for the Oceans, an ecological organisation, partnered with Adidas to create innovative, sustainable shoes. The upper material is made solely from fibres of recycled ocean waste: the green wave pattern is made from nettings; the rest is made from plastic waste found on the beaches in Maldives.

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By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution

By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans

Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels

By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics

By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information

By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation

By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism

Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries

Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets

Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want


Dry clothes in open air. Let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of using a hair or clothes dryer.

Always wash a full load of clothes in the washing machine.

Take short showers. Having a bath consumes a much larger amount of water than a 5–10 minute shower.

Do not rinse. If you have a dishwasher, do not rinse your dishes before use.

When you order seafood in a restaurant, always ask if the seafood they serve is sustainable. Let your favourite places know that you are interested in seafood produce that is safe for the oceans.
Many apps can help you find out which brands you should choose.

Tell us more about your own ways of supporting the global goals: use the #SDGs and #GlobalGoals hashtags on social media.

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