Much more than a hashtag, and more practical than piece-by-piece logging, the PFM Plastic-Pollution Map enables spatio-temporal tracking based on color-coded pollution density, ensuring that your data becomes part of the bigger picture of plastic-pollution and its elimination.

In addition to cleanups the PFM Map features site ratings, from filthy (cleanup bucket list) to clean (for recognition of premiere destinations).  So without getting dirty you can still contribute to the big picture of plastic pollution with just your camera and awareness.  We cannot control plastic pollution until we can measure it, so keep it going and be part of the solution--contribute to the PFM Map.  Your submission will entitle you to sneak peeks of the map before it goes public. 

Rate the site for macroplastic and/or microplastic pollution according to your best judgment using the color scales in the map legend to the right.  Microplastic is a piece smaller than 5mm across and 1000 square meters is a quarter-acre, or about the size of two basketball courts.  Your photos should provide some context--a closeup of a plastic bottle for instance doesn't reveal much about the site.  Microplastic photos are necessarily closeups, but should be accompanied by a conventional landscape photo.  The gallery below shows examples of each visual category.

You'll also need to specify the site location, which is easy to do using Google Maps.  Just click on the site location and Google Maps will display the coordinates to enter below. PFM will annotate your photos, including photo credit in your name if you request.


Add your data to the PFM map