Dreaming up the plastic monument

I am passionate about the changes that are taking place to our environment, especially with respect to our oceans, and throughout my travels in the past few years I have become very aware of the impact this accumulation of plastic is having on our ecosystem. As the problem becomes more noticeable, there has been increasing […]

How much plastic will we have in 2050?

Things are not all doom and gloom, however. Over the past decade, the world has come together to take action against the reckless creation of new plastic. We have seen advances in technology, new government policies, and behavioral changes that will have noticable impacts on the production of new plastic.These advances are set to continue […]

A brief history of plastic

Plastic is a catch-all term for the product made by turning a fossil fuel mixture into a solid structure. The raw materials come from fossil fuels, and many of the same vast companies that produce oil and gas also produce plastic, often in the same facilities. The story of plastic is the story of the […]

Monument to Plastic

Creating a monument that visualizes the buildup of plastic waste over the course of its 111 year existence and provides a glimpse of the future that awaits us if we do not make dramatic changes to our habits.

Are we making a difference?

Unlike climate change, which is a vague vast and apocalyptic, plastic is smaller and more tangible. It’s something in everyone’s daily life. It’s something we interact with. We can touch, we feel, and we throw out. The appeal of the plastic monument is also fueled by a sense people have that they’ve joined an insurgent […]

The future of plastic looks bright

Although we’ve been producing huge amounts of plastic over many decades, it’s only quite recently that people have started to take notice. In the last few years, there’s been a growing public outcry and worldwide revolt against plastic. This is actually a pretty new trend. In 2016, a Greenpeace petition for a UK wide plastic […]

What we can do to slow the growth in single use plastic

We’re all aware of the huge amount of plastic that is being produced on a daily basis, but what can we do to slow the growth? To fully tackle the problem, we need companies and governments to step in, but this will only happen when enough of us start calling for change. Here’s what we can do to jump start this movement.

What needs to change

The world is drowning in single-use plastic, and estimates predict the problem will grow sig- ni´Čücantly by 2050. Several approaches are needed to tackle this problem, including a chance in behaviour through education. The techniques introduced to me over the course of my education in Architecture have given me the tools necessary to help individuals visualize the scope of the problem and understand what must be done to address it.

Building a Plastic Monument

Most of us are aware that the world is drowning in plastic, but it can be hard to make sense of just how much is on the planet. We were invited by the Museum of Vancouver to produce a model visualizing just how much plastic is out there. The easiest way to visualize plastic is […]