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Plastic Planet

“Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic",
Andy Warhol

The United States throws out 25 billion plastic water bottles each year; a ‘patch’ of plastic garbage twice the size of Texas now swirls in the center of the Pacific Ocean. From its invention in 1907, plastic and plastic-derived chemicals have worked their way into the rungs of every food chain on Earth. Plastic might be the newest nutrient in the planet’s ecosystems, but so far, nature has yet to find a use for it. The only sensible way to think of plastic is as a raw Next Nature material, waiting for its balancing counterpart to evolve. We only have time: the average plastic bag will linger for your great grandchildren to clean up 1,000 years from now.

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Reef crocheted from plastic bags
‘There is no longer such a thing as a pristine sandy beach. The ones that look pristine are usually groomed, and if you look closely, you will always find plastic particles that have been washed up by the tides’
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We tend to think of plastic as a cheap, inferior and ugly material used to make children’s toys, garden furniture and …

The Soul is a Plastic Bag

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In this stunning short by Ramin Bahrani, the title character spends a lifetime (or more) on a quest for a creator not even aware of his existence.

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Recycled Island

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Recycled island is a research project on the potential of realizing a habitable floating island in the Pacific Ocean …

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Plastic Birds

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Bird spotting is not a typical activity for us next nature explorers, yet occasionally we bump into some birds worth …

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Designing Bugs That Eat Plastic

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It is a well known secret that plastic hardly breaks down and almost all of the plastic ever made still floats around …