Plastic pollution is affecting life around the world. It gets into our waterways, causes harm to animals, suffocates nature, and poisons our food.

In an effort to demonstrate the impact plastic pollution is having on the world, 55-year-old Jerusalem artist, Beverly Barkat, has decided to transform it into a work of art.

Her artwork, Earth Poetica, will be displayed in a foyer in the new construction of the World Commerce Heart building in New York.

According to the New York Times, Barkat wanted to use her work to convey a message: “We’re suffocating Earth.”

She was inspired to do so after seeing a photo of kids picking through trash on a seaside shore covered in plastic waste. After playing around with different ways to incorporate plastic waste into her design, she settled on using resin.

Her work-in-progress, “Earth Poetica,” is a sphere that measures 4 meters in diameter. It’s made with metal-framed panels that are stuffed with plastic waste and coated in resin. The resin allows the outside of the sphere to appear beautiful, shiny, and smooth, while inside the sphere is bunched up garbage and plastic waste.

It’s a hauntingly beautiful reminder that we need to do better for the planet and say no to plastic.

There are products you may be using or habits you may have that contribute to plastic pollution. Learn more about how the use of Teabags, Cotton Swabs, Laundry, Contact Lenses, Glitter, and Sheet Masks pollute our oceans so you can make more informed decisions going forward. There are also numerous simple actions and switches that can help cut plastic out of our lives including, making your own cosmetics, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, household cleaners, using mason jars, reusable bags/bottles/straws, and avoiding microbeads!

Read more about how companies like Facebook, Tubberware, Google, Budweiser, Carlsberg, Dove, and FIJI water are working towards reducing plastic pollution. Places around the world like Tel Aviv, Scotland, Baltimore, California, and many more are banning various single-use plastics and coming up with creative ways to recycle and use plastic waste, just like Barkat has done.   

Sign this petition to demand that U.S. state governments force plastic-producing corporations to pay for the costs they’ve inflicted on our environment!

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