For those of you in Austin, I just saw that “Plastic Bag”, the short video I posted in my previous blog post, will be playing at MonkeyWrench Books on December 19th at 7pm.
“PLASTIC BAG” SCREENING AND CONVERSATION WITH ECOLOGY ACTION
Sunday, December 19, 7pm
Join us for a discussion with members of Ecology Action and screening of
the short film “Plastic Bag.” Ecology Action is a non-profit, worker-run
cooperative educating and empowering people to create a healthier
environment through waste prevention, accessibility to recycling and
cooperation. “Plastic Bag,” by award winning director Ramin Bahrai and
narrated by renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog, follows a bag from grocery
store to landfill and, eventually, to the 500 mile wide North Pacific
Trash Vortex. The monthly “Meet a Community Group” series is put together
to help bring supporters and community members together with local
organizations working on various issues in the Austin area.
My friend Patrick sent me this video about the life and journey of a plastic bag (kinda like a drama told from the plastic bag’s perspective).
It’s long, but entertaining! And I like the mention of the trash vortex in the North Pacific.
If you have some time to spare, check it out:
The video is from FutureStates.TV, a series of 11 short films that explore possible future scenarios through the prism of today’s global realities. You can view the other episodes on the site. And read more about the project here:
Photographer Chris Jordan specializes in large-scale works that depict the magnitude of our consumerism and its impact on our environment.
Here is a presentation he gave at PopTech 2009, where he talks about an incredibly important environmental issue: plastic pollution.
His artwork, Running the Numbers II, displays a digital mosaic made from plastic waste collected from the Pacific Ocean. This image depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world’s oceans every hour (though in his PopTech talk, he says that actual hourly oceanic plastic pollution is likely much higher than this estimate).
His project, Midway: Message from the Gyre, is a collection of horrific images of baby albatrosses killed by ingesting plastics. You can see that while their bodies have partially decomposed, the plastics remain.
I just heard this story on NPR’s program “All Things Considered.”
It’s about Kathy Frederick, a woman who has spent 2 years blogging about a plastic bag stuck in a tree outside her window. The bag’s name is Windy and Frederick even throws birthday parties for her.
I think Frederick’s blog is a cute, lighthearted way to create a dialogue about an otherwise gloomy topic. I’m certainly a fan of Windy the plastic bag.
You can stay updated on Windy’s life at Frederick’s blog, The Junk Drawer.
JD of the Craft Gossip Crochet Blog wrote a post about me.
Check it out!
Plarn Worldwide Extraordinaire
A quote from the article:
“This gal has a GREAT IDEA and the artistry to back it up! Not only are her plarn backpacks attractive, she’s making it her business to teach the world how to use their plastic bags to create these virtually indestructible backpacks and totes from materials that are, sadly, abundant even in the third world.”