Have you ditched single-use plastic bags? Said no to straws? Bought a handy keep cup? If so, you're probably aware of the war on waste the country is currently raging against single-use items.
The Economist has taken a hard look at pollution — specifically, ocean pollution — and is calling on Australians to rethink this war on plastic, with a new travelling art installation. Titled Don't bin plastics, yet, the exhibition will roam around Melbourne from September 18–21.
The installation takes the form of three fish, made from recycled ocean plastics and each weighing 24 kilograms — equal to the weight of plastic that is dumped into the ocean every tenth-of-a-second. If trends continue, there will be more plastic than fish in the world's waters by 2050.
Visitors will be encouraged to chat about the plastics debate — including the pros and cons of single-use plastics and the potential negative impacts of their alternatives — while enjoying a free coffee. The coffee will be, fittingly, served in edible cups by Cupffee, which are made from natural grain.
To learn more about the campaign and the issues surrounding plastic pollution, head over here.
FULL MELBOURNE SCHEDULE
September 18 at the State Library, 8am–7pm
September 19 at the Southern Cross Pedestrian Bridge, 8am–7pm
September 20 at Collins Place, 8am-6pm
September 21 at Galleria Shopping Plaza, 8am–7pm