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This Venezuelan artist uses recycled plastic to light up his murals on cement calls near Caracas, the capital of the country.

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In a suburb of the city, 25-year-old artist Oscar Olivares is creating an “eco-mural” and calling for help in the community to contribute to the massive piece of art. Olivares said that once completed, the project will recycle around 300,000 bottle caps.

Children and residents of the city are working hard to glue the plastic bottle caps to the wall, which will be turned into a mega colorful mural in just a few weeks. The mural will be of two blue-winged macaws.

Olivares has been using his social media to invite the public to contribute to the project by donating their plastic waste.

“Many people are recycling for the first time in their lives thanks to this mural,” he said. “We hope they’ll keep up the habit.”

Reuters reported that a school teacher named Osmara Aponte brought children to work on the mural and to teach them about recycling.

“They can learn that anything from a lid to any type of plastic can become useful,” she said.

To follow along with Olivares and the project, follow him on Instagram @olivarescfc.

Globally, we produce 300 million tons of plastic every year, 78 percent of which is NOT reclaimed or recycled. Around  8.8 million tons of plastic get dumped into the oceans every year! 700 marine animals are faced with extinction due to the threat that plastic poses to them in the form of entanglement, Pollution, and ingestion. 50 percent of sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs. By 2050, 99 percent of all seabird species will have ingested plastic waste. According to a study by the World Economic Forum, there will be one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and if things go on business as usual, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.

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!

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