Awash In An Artful Ocean of Plastic

by
Abby Zimet

The tabs on your o.j. carton, the stickers on your bananas and CDs,
the bags around your newspaper can all go to art, and saving the
planet, as part of the InternationalPlastic Quilt Project . The
Oregon-based Leave No Plastic Behind, an environmental art group, is
seeking people to make 12-inch quilt squares and, if you can handle it,
enter a three-month plastic-free challenge to raise awareness of how
much plastic you use but don't see. Details here. Blogs by artists who describe what they've learned here.

"Oh the places you'll go! Plastic travel has a sickening romantic
feel as I imagine the personified plastic bits jet setting around the
globe... As for waste reduction - that, of course, is ongoing. Once you
begin
to reduce the unecessary and the convenient, there is still the
unavoidable. It is there wherein lie the truly difficult changes -
the changes we must make not just as individuals, but as a culture." 

We know things are bad. We know it's worth the fight.

You are part of a strong and vibrant community of thinkers and doers who believe another world is possible. Alone we are weak. Together we can make a difference. At Common Dreams, we don't look away from the world—we are not afraid—our mission is to document those doing wrong and galvanize those doing good. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. We have now launched our annual Summer Campaign. Can you pitch in today?

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