Posts Tagged ‘plastic bags’

Plastic Bags are not our friends!

Plastic bags are not our friends! In September 2008 I blogged a snip from the Running the Numbers art exhibit that imparts a strange, static but eerily alien beauty to the pattern of millions of crinkly plastic bags, while being scary to the thinking person. For those of you who are more visceral, here is the gross aftermath of these bags being used all over the world for a couple decades.
Perhaps you’ve heard talk about the huge plastic bag island in a gyre in the middle of the Pacific away from all the major trade routes.  There is a series of 12 videos about a crew of young people and scientists who set out to find it and document it.  I’ve embedded the climactic and most frightening of the 12 episodes.  (Warning:  Colorful language)

I am pleased to note that country after country is jumping on the bandwagon to ban these revolting things in favor of reusables. Ireland banned them nearly a decade ago and businesses did not crash and burn because of it. When will the USA do the smart thing?

Steal this slideshow!

This slideshow came from Chris Jordan‘s “Running the Numbers” art exhibit. I hope Chris doesn’t mind me spreading a little snippet of his message, and do visit his site — it’s awesome and more than a little frightening. In this excerpt, First you see a nondescript tweedy pattern. Then you see it zoomed in a little more. You wonder. Hmmmm. I wonder what that is. When it finally zooms in close, you realize to your horror that it’s plastic bags. Please take this slideshow and spread it but if you do, leave the attributions please! Here is the code, just cut and paste. If it fails to work leave a comment and I’ll try the alternative way. Thank you.