The mass production, consumption and accumulation of plastic is endangering our planet. Plastic is everywhere and almost impossible to destroy. It is found in our tooth brushes, in water bottles and our lunch Tupperware. It can be found strewn on streets and sidewalks, as well as our oceans.
People from around the globe are looking for innovative ways to recycle and contain the rapid growth of plastic.
Currently showing on the Earth Matters exhibit is an artwork titled Kemmoussa (2001) by Morrocan artist Younés Rahmoun, who tranformed littered plastic bags into an art installation. Using waste materials is not new to artists. Vik Muniz is one of many artists who have used waste material in their art pracitce. In the film Wasteland, Muniz explores the world’s largest landfill in Brazil, and his journey of working with waste pickers to turn waste into art.
Check out this link for more information on his project here: http://www.andrewpurcell.net/?p=932
New research initiatives are also underway in an attempt to find bio plastic alternatives to plastic, such as sugar plastic and corn plastic.Check out the video below to learn more about sugar plastic
Or this link on corn plastic : http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/corn-plastic.htm
Other companies such as BioFina are also invested in producing sustainable bio plastics for a cleaner, more plastic free world. Have a look at their website to check out their sustainability initiatives.
More inspiring are two young Grade 12 students Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao who have identified a new bacteria that breaks down phthalate compounds, common to flexible plastics and linked to health problems.
Check out these young scientists in action in the video link below:
One of the larger culprits in the mass production of plastic is bottled water. Instead of buying bottled water, why not invest in reusable bottle. Check out new waves in design that are aimed at reducing single use plastic waste.
The BPA found in plastic is also harmful to our bodies. The link below sheds some light on this issue.
Let’s be proactive in keeping our consumption of plastic down so that we can protect ourselves and the Earth!