In ‘Turn Off the Plastic Tap,’ Three Tons of Waste Pour From a Spigot Floating 30 Feet Above Ground

Last week, representatives of 175 nations met formally agreed to curb plastic pollution in a momentous move. Plastic has become a critical part of the climate crisis. Recent estimates suggest that plastic production in the entire history of the world exceeds the combined weight of all animals on land and sea. Collectively, we generate approximately $2.5 billion each year. 300 million tons more waste from single-use containers and similar products, a staggering number in comparison to the 9 percent we’ve recycled and a testament to the harsh reality that the planet is engulfed with plastic.

Photographer and artist will be joining the United Nations Environment Assembly meeting. Benjamin Von Wong (previously) erected a towering, 30-foot installation outside U.N. headquarters in Kenya. With the assistance of Human Needs ProjectVong Wong, an NGO that provides basic services to slums all over the world, collaborated with more 100 residents of the large, impoverished region of Nairobi, known as Kibera. They then gathered, sanitized and strung three tons of water bottles, condiments containers and other unwanted items together.

Although it shows a minuscule portion of the waste produced worldwide, the resulting installation, titled “Turn Off the Plastic Tap,” is a powerful indictment of consumerism and the lack of environmental protections. “Too much of the plastic conversation revolves around recycling and cleanups, but those only deal with the consequences, and not the root cause,” Von Wong writes. “The real solution and opportunity is getting plastic production back under control by making sure we turn off the plastic tap.”

Keep an eye out the videoClick on the image below to see it. Von Wong’s Instagram to see how the massive spout was constructed—thanks to a Web 3.0 community called the Degenerate Trash Pandas, which funded the installation, an additional $100,000 was raised for charity, as well—and find more of his projects concerned with plastic waste, like this installation of 168,000 straws, his site.

 

Photo by Atieno Puyuyi

Photo by Atieno Puyuyi

Photo by Ziggy

Photo by Atieno Puyuyi

Photo by Ziggy

 

 

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