Plastic Waste and Alternative Solutions


See The Whales Swimming in an Ocean of 70,000 Water Bottles is an article presented on the website TakePart, a group who post original content made by people who care about the issues of the world, including issues involving the environment and climate change. In this article, the use of plastic water bottles from a running event are used to create an art installation in Bristol, England. Plastic bottle waste is especially problematic during large marathons which lead to the waste littering the streets. This has become such a problem that these running events have been deemed “environmental disasters.” This has caused many running events to become more conscious of their waste output but the people of Cod Steaks, a model-making and design firm based in Bristol, England decided to show how much waste there still is by using the plastic water bottles from the Bristol 10K event in an art project. This was made in an attempt to shed light on the issue of how much plastic marine animals have to swim through every day. The art project known as The Bristol Whales is a large installation put right in the center of the city of Bristol. Depicted are two large whales emerging from the waves made from plastic bottle waste.
The use of plastic water bottles and its damaging waste are a serious issue that the environment faces today. Using products other than plastic bottles can make a difference. Limiting waste is important in helping the environment and this can be done by drinking from reusable bottles such as S’well. It’s a bottle that keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 12 hours. It also helps give back to the community and to the environment. These are things that a regular plastic water bottle cannot do. Making a change is important, and though it may seem minor, simply choosing to drink from reusable bottles like S’well rather than plastic water bottles can better the environment and keep plastic water bottles out of the ocean.

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