Photo © Rio+20
Looking at all these great upcycle design objects you start to think about how much plastic there is in this world. And especially how much gets thrown away. So it’s great that more and more people start to recycle and upcycle. But it’s still not the way it should be. And to make people think about the amount of plastic we use, these fish were made and shown to the public in June this year during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As part of the conference this enormous outdoor installation of fish was constructed using discarded PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles on Botafogo beach. The sculptures are illuminated from the inside at night creating a pretty spectacular light show. The artist behind the installation is currently unknown. A sign nearby, bearing the official Rio+20 logo, reads “Recicle Suas Atitudes” (“Recycle Your Attitude”). See more photo’s on this Rio+20 Flicker set.
A new study published in the May 9 online issue of the journal Biology Letters reveals that plastic debris in the area popularly known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” has increased by 100 times!!! over in the past 40 years, leading to changes in the natural habitat of animals.
We should all start with using less plastic, see the following video that shows some staggering numbers.