What a Waste!
So I'm back onto rubbish at the moment, in particular beach litter as I'm really lucky to have been able to help curate the Really Rubbish Exhibition at The Seaside Museum in Herne Bay which is on now and running till 12th January 2020, featuring several of my beach and sea scene installations.
I’ve been beachcombing/cleaning and campaigning about marine litter through art since 2010 and as a result of helping organise the Really Rubbish Exhibition I’ve been reading up on more recent statistics about rubbish, historical plastic etc, it’s easy to fall into a status quo when you do something on a regular basis, plus some fabulous people out there have been working out these statistics that really help put this issue into perspective, so imagine my surprise and shock to find that since 1950 we have created 8.3 billion tons of Plastic and that half of that 8.3 billion tons of plastic, 4.15 billion tons, has been created since 2005!
It really was a huge shock to find that all the while I’ve been collecting and campaigning the consumption of plastic has increased at an even faster rate, especially given that we didn’t know what to do with the other 4.15 billion tons we had produced up to 2005!
Every single piece of that 4.15 billion tons still exists somewhere on our planet, only 30% is still in use, only 9% has been recycled and our recycling rates are still low, 12% has been incinerated and the remaining 79% is languishing in Landfill & The Environment.
That’s 3.2 billion tons of a valuable resource just lying around in a hole in the ground, on the ground or floating in rivers and seas. Current prices for virgin HDPE are £1220 ton, would you leave £3.9 trillion pounds lying around? Because that is what we have done, by looking at not just single use plastic but all plastic as a disposable product we have, we are wasting a valuable resource, a finite resource...
|Flotsam II a Fisheye view of the ocean, made up of approximately 650 pieces of beachcombed litter.|