Plastic Everlasting, 2018, installation, glass jars, single use plastic items, bookcase.

This installation features the estimated degradation rates of single use items found washed up on our beaches. Many of these single use plastics are used for five minutes but they last hundreds or even thousands of years. And many single use plastic items such as coffee cups, straws and plastic bottle lids are not recycled and end up in landfill or our oceans. They never truly break down but continue to break up into smaller and smaller pieces, called microplastics, which endanger our wildlife, pollute our water and leach toxins. These items are manufactured in the billions from nonrenewable fossil fuels and we are using them an at ever increasing rate. What will be the cost of our addiction to convenience?

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