During a run along the Margate coast one September evening in 2016, I came across vast amounts of plastic waste that had been swept in by the waves. There had been a storm the night before and most of the debris had entangled itself in the washed-up seaweed.
It got me thinking: how much plastic is in the sea? Is any of it mine? Do I recycle enough? How much rubbish could one person living alone actually produce...?
For the next 12 months, starting 1 January 2017, I would not throw away any plastic waste I produced. Not a bottle top, piece of bubble wrap, straw, toothbrush, salad bag, coffee lid or clothing label. Throughout last year, I collected enough plastic items to fill 22 binbags.
The results are as stark as they are shocking. I want to show and share with people what a year's worth of your plastic use looks like. This simple ambition forms the concept of this new piece centred around our individual contribution to plastic pollution.
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