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Indonesian museum constructed from plastic bottles, baggage highlights marine disaster

Written by ReutersGresik, Indonesia

Environmentalists in Indonesia eager to ship a message concerning the world’s worsening ocean plastics disaster have created a museum made completely from plastics, to persuade individuals to rethink their habits and say no to single-use baggage and bottles.

The outside exhibition within the city of Gresik in east Java took three months to assemble and is made up of greater than 10,000 plastic waste gadgets, from bottles and baggage to sachets and straws, all collected from polluted rivers and seashores.

The centerpiece is a statue referred to as “Dewi Sri”, a goddess of prosperity extensively worshipped by the Javanese. Her lengthy skirt is constructed from single-use sachets of home items.

People walk through a tunnel built from plastic bottles collected from several rivers around the city.

People stroll by a tunnel constructed from plastic bottles collected from a number of rivers across the metropolis. Credit: Prasto Wardoyo/Reuters

“We want to send information to the people to stop the use of single-use plastic,” mentioned the museum’s founder Prigi Arisandi.

“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.”

The plastics downside is especially acute in Indonesia, an archipelago nation that ranks second solely behind China for its quantity of plastics that find yourself within the seas.

ECOTON activist help prepare "3F" (Fish Fersus Flastik), a plastic waste museum on September 15, 2021 in Gresik, Java, Indonesia.

Activists assist put together a plastic waste museum in Java. Credit: Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

Together with the Philippines and Vietnam, the 4 international locations are liable for greater than half of ocean plastics and Indonesian efforts to control use of plastic packaging has had blended outcomes.

The exhibition has obtained greater than 400 guests because it opened early final month.

Ahmad Zainuri, a pupil, mentioned it had opened his eyes to the size of the issue.

“I will switch to a tote bag and when I buy a drink, I will use a tumbler,” he mentioned.

ECOTON activists wash plastic waste before it is installed in "3F" (Fish Fersus Flastik), a plastic waste museum on September 15, 2021 in Gresik, Java, Indonesia.

Activists working with the museum assist wash plastic waste for the exhibition. Credit: Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

The museum has grow to be a well-liked location for selfies shared extensively on social media, the place guests pose in opposition to a background of 1000’s of suspended water bottles.

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

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