Everyday Plastic
 Photo: © Ollie Harrop 2018. Image courtesy of Everyday Plastic

Photo: © Ollie Harrop 2018. Image courtesy of Everyday Plastic

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.



Follow Everyday Plastic on Instagram for up-to-date info and news