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Environmentalists in Indonesia made a statement about the ocean’s plastic pollution by creating a museum made entirely from plastic waste.

The outdoor exhibition is in the town of Gresik in East Java and took three months to create. The museum is assembled out of 10,000 plastic waste items, such as bottles, bags, satchels, and straws.  All of the plastic used was collected from polluted rivers and beaches, making a clear statement about the crisis of plastic pollution.

The museum’s founder, Prigi Arisandi said, “We want to send information to the people to stop the use of single-use plastic. These plastics are very difficult to recycle. Starting today, we should stop consuming single-use plastic because it will pollute our ocean, which is also our source of food.”

Indonesia has a very obvious plastic problem as they are second behind China’s output of single-use plastics. Many visitors who explored the plastics museum confessed to not realizing just how big the problem was, but vowed to be more considerate and choose reusable options over plastic single-use options.

Ayu Chandra Wulan, a local student, said, “I will have to buy reusable things such as drinking bottles instead of buying plastic bottles. By looking at how much waste there is here, I feel sad.”

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