this brilliant national geographic cover is being rated one of its best

this brilliant national geographic cover is being rated one of its best

national geographic’s june 2018 cover is capturing attention for being one of it’s best. the ‘planet or plastic’ initiative draws attention to the plastic pollution problem, illustrating what looks like an iceberg formed out of a plastic bag floating in the ocean.



the cover has been created by mexican artist jorge gamboa, suggesting that plastic pollution is just the tip of the iceberg. a partnering fact reads: ‘18 billion pounds of plastic ends up in the ocean each year. and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.




the artwork was submitted to bolivia’s biennial of poster in 2017, titled iceberg plástico, winning first place in the political and social posters category. now it’s being dubbed a cover image ‘for the ages’.



  • The Plastocene epoch

    MarkoZ says:
  • Designers just keep specifing plastic products without any regard for the consequences, When does one realize its up to us to step up and do what is right. There are alternatives, its called glass!

    charles Rizzo says:
  • way ahead of you Charles! I have already ditched plastics from my designs.

    roem says:

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