Pop-Up NYC Museum Highlights Burden of Single-Use Plastics

first_img Marriott Swaps Tiny Toiletries For More Sustainable OptionsMan Paddles 2,900 Miles Across Pacific to Help Curb Ocean Pollution Stay on target New York City is awash with Instagrammable exhibits, from human sexuality and ice cream to pigmentation and rosé wine.But its newest addition—the pop-up Museum of Plastic—doesn’t just want to inspire dimly lit selfies. It wants to incite change.Part of a new campaign from activist group Lonely Whale and ocean conservancy Point Break Foundation, the interactive gallery highlights the problems with single-use plastics.“We are committed to inspiring people through positivity,” according to Dune Ives, executive director of Lonely Whale, which was founded in 2015 by actor Adrian Grenier and film producer Lucy Sumner.“We want to engage people in the conversation and get them to be curious,” she told AFAR magazine. “We’re hoping this space inspires and gets people engaged while they have a little fun. And then, gosh darn it, do something.”The Museum of Plastic is free and open to the public for only five days—from June 8 to 12—in New York’s Soho neighborhood (473 Broadway).The showcase of “alternative artworks” includes exhibits that “illuminate the realities of” and provide sustainable options for single-use plastic water bottles.“Prepare to learn the history of these plastic pariahs, interact with the cold hard facts, and discover the more sustainable alternatives,” the Museum website said.Pieces are provided by a team of artists and collaborators from content studio Young Hero: Kiersten Stevens (a.k.a. Yes Creative), Sara Schipani, Blue Hamel, Nate Rodriguez-Vera, Braw Haus, Justine Vilgrain, Ana Realmuto, Nate Bruzdzinski, Pawel Pietryka, and Giulia Lineette.“With your help, we can leave plastic in the past, only to be talked about in museums (like ours) and history books,” the Museum of Plastic site said.They’re not the only ones campaigning for the environment.Earlier this year, Jason Momoa—known as Game of Thrones‘ Khal Drogo and DC’s Aquaman—shaved his trademark beard to raise awareness for aluminum recycling.And, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have designed a truly recyclable plastic. Poly(diketoenamine), or PDK, can be disassembled at the molecular level, then reconstructed into a different shape, texture, and color.Watch: Your Biodegradable Bag Might Not Degrade as Fast as You’d ThinkMore on Geek.com:Humans Consume More than 70,000 Plastic Particles a YearSquid Protein Could Be an Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticsBanning Plastics Could Further Damage Earth, Researchers Saylast_img read more