All of the sculptures were created using plastic materials found in sea or on shore, discarded plastics which we call beach waste.
You bring a closed container to the beach, you take that container back home and recycle it. It’s a simple concept, right? Apparently not.
As EcoWatch reports, plastic constitutes about 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. Unfortunately, 80% of the trash swirling around in the ocean comes from land, and humans, of course, are to blame for the burgeoning crisis. Plastic pollution presently kills one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals each year.
Obviously, this is not acceptable nor is it sustainable.
To raise awareness about the issue, the Oregon-based organization Washed Ashore created the majority of the following sculptures entirely out of collected beach trash. Xandi Kreuzeder is the artist of the “Tiger Shark” and “Roxy Mermaid” creations.
According to Washed Ashore’s website, the organization aims to “turn plastic pollution from the ocean into aesthetically powerful art – and bring dramatic attention to the problem.”
Perhaps if everyone picks up a piece of trash every day, 99% of birds on this planet won’t have plastic in their gut by the year 2050.
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