14 WOMEN, 3000 MILES, X TRILLION PIECES OF PLASTIC
A journey that promises to change not only the women's
lives but the very future of our planet
One thousand miles from land. The closest humans orbit above in the space station. A lone boat awakens to calm. Then, a fragment. Followed by a toothbrush, a washing basket, a garden chair. Surface samples bring up handfuls of tiny microplastics. Looking out over the ocean, a few pieces of plastic float visibly in sight. But a realisation dawns – we’re looking at a dense soup of tiny pieces. The crew record an average of half a million pieces of microplastics per square kilometre here, and that is only on the surface. Who knows how much is in the 5000 metres of water beneath.
X Trillion follows the gruelling journey of eXXpedition’s all-women crew led by Emily Penn as
they sail 3,000 miles across the North Pacific Ocean through the densest accumulation of
ocean plastic on the planet to make the unseen, seen.
The 14-strong international crew of scientists, sailors, designers, engineers, and teachers set
sail on a transformative month-long voyage. They leave families and land behind, coming
together battling high seas, storms and sea sickness, to carry out cutting edge microplastics
research and investigate the crisis of plastic pollution in one of the most remote places on Earth.
In a practical and emotional response to one of the biggest global challenges of our time, this is
a story of hope, filled with life, magic and a call to action that burns with optimism.