Pricing Plastic

 
 

Pricing Plastic

An installation visualizing the extent of plastic waste in the marine environment and how much is generated by countries from around the world.

By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Eight million tons of our plastic waste enters the ocean from land each year. This is enough litter to fill five grocery bags on every foot of coastline around the world. Most of this litter is made up of single-use plastics that are lightweight, strong and durable; properties that make plastic a serious hazard in the marine environment. It enables them to disperse over long distances until they finally settle in sediments that can persist for centuries. This multi-generational problem has already created a number of social, economic and environmental issues. Raising awareness on these issues, I have created a playful installation that communicates the extent of marine pollution around the world.

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How it Works

A series of RFID cards are used to represent countries from around the world. Each card contains data on its country’s population, economy, waste management infrastructure and its consumer habits and patterns. 

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The user can learn and compare this data by scanning a card over the RFID reader- prompting the colour of the water to change.  

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For example, countries (e.g. Denmark) that use less single-use plastics and have efficient waste management infrastructure in place will change the water to a clean light blue colour. In contrast, those with a big throw away culture and poor waste management will change to a dirtier and murkier colour of brown.