Erica Cirino | An Island Press Author

Erica Cirino

Erica Cirino is the Communications Manager of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. She has spent the last decade working as a science writer, author, and artist exploring the intersection of the human and nonhuman worlds.

Erica is best known for her widely published photojournalistic works that cut through the plastics and petrochemical industries’ misinformation campaigns and other efforts that ensure pollution and injustice, to deliver the often shocking and difficult truths about this most ubiquitous and insidious material. This includes her recent book, Thicker Than Water: The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis (Island Press, 2021), in which she documents plastic across ecosystems and elements; shares stories from the primarily Black, Brown, Indigenous and rural communities that are disproportionately harmed by industrial pollution globally; and uncovers strategies that work to prevent plastic from causing further devastation to our planet and its inhabitants.

Thicker Than Water | Island Press

Thicker Than Water

The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis

Much of what you’ve heard about plastic pollution may be wrong. Instead of a great island of trash, the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch is made up of manmade debris spread over hundreds of miles of sea—more like a soup than a floating...