As human beings, we go through so much sh*t. Every day, we make dozens of small decisions to buy more stuff – at the supermarket, malls, online… For most of my life, I didn’t think it mattered. After all, I was just one person, making a couple of small decisions.

But one day, I found myself in a landfill surrounded by an endless mountain of other people’s small decisions and realized that maybe those small decisions did matter.

Since then, I have been gathering volunteers, artists, non-profits, and companies to come together and create art-installations that help to bridge the gap between statistic and emotions.

Each and every piece has an educational video that goes with it, and for the Earth Day this year, I hope that one of these will touch your heart!

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The Parting of the Plastic Sea made from 168,000 plastic straws collected over 6 months

“It’s just one straw, said 8 billion people”

With my latest piece, I wanted to find a unique way to showcase the threat that our ocean and future generations are under. It took us 6 months to collect 168,000 straws recovered off the streets of Vietnam.

Every single piece of plastic ever made still exists on the planet today in some form. How terrifying to think that all those tiny purchase decisions we make add up to so much over one lifetime. The parting of the plastic sea hopes to focus on one tiny part of the problem: straws , to ignite a greater conversation.

By the year 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. It sounds crazy but when you look at the combination or overfishing and the hockeystick production of plastics… That’s when things start getting a little crazy. It sounds like a tiny thing to stop using a straw but all change start small!

How it’s done:

This Mermaid is lying on 10,000 plastic bottles – the number of bottles the average American will use over the course of their lifetime

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These Toxic Laundry monsters represent the microplastic fibers released everytime we wash our sport clothes (Nylon, Polyester, Spandex, etc…)

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This waterfall is made from thousands of used shirts highlighting the 2500L of water it takes to make one single cotton t-shirt

The fashion industry is one of the largest polluters on our planet… That tornado you see was made entirely out of clothing scraps left behind when the clothing factory went bankrupt 10 years ago.

How it’s done:

This cave is made from 18,000 plastic cups, collected from foodcourts in just one and a half day with the help of volunteers

What if every one of us could become a little bit more plastikophobic? With less than 10% of plastics recycled every single year, we’re starting to run out of time to save our oceans.

How it’s done:

This vortex is made from hundreds of used computers to show how past technologies can be recycled to power future devices

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This closet fits one lifetime of clothing

It’s so hard to explain numbers sometimes until you get the chance to experience the scale of it. With the Tallest Closet In The World, we wanted people to have a sense of empowerment to believe in their own ability to affect the size of their own closet. Clothing has a massive environmental footprint and is something that we can individually control.

How it’s done:

Series showing individual action isn’t enough to solve the plastic problem

Recycling is great, but what happens to plastic in the smaller, poorer and more remote cities that aren’t set up for it? They’re stuck dealing with first world commodities that were built to last forever with no way of getting rid of it. Every 60 seconds, a truckload of plastic enters the ocean. Statistics are hard to visualize so we decided to show it instead. Let’s get corporations to commit to finding a better alternative to plastics!!

Image credits: vonwong

How it’s done:

Particle accelerator out of keyboards

How it’s made:

A Portal out of Circuit Boards made to create an easy way for people to talk about e-waste recycling

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Did u know that 70M trees are cut down every year to make the clothing that we wear?