On a recent trip to EPCOT in Orlando I found this amazing sculpture. It is of a penguin momma and baby and is made from discarded materials found on beaches. As beautiful as it is, its also sad that so much trash is found on beaches that you could make something like this. Like most art, it is designed to make you think. Lots of bottle caps, straws, and food and drink containers. I guess people think that plastics are biodegradable. Some are but the vast majority aren't. It can take hundreds of years to breakdown. According to the National Park Service, it takes a plastic bottle 450 years to decompose in the environment.
It's stunning to think about this. But it doesn't have to be. this should be an easy fix. Just dispose of your trash properly. It's that simple. Most beaches and parks have trash cans and recycle bins. Fishing spots have fishing line collection tubs. And if they don't, take it with you.
I reuse as much as I can and recycle the rest if possible when I am making something. I can't fathom just chucking a can over my shoulder and walking away. Back in the day I was a smoker. I NEVER just threw my cigarette butts on the ground. It just wasn't right to do that. Thankfully, I quit smoking many years ago.
So on this Earth Day, I would like to take a moment to remind everyone that we only get one shot at this. If we screw this planet up we don't get a do -over. That's it. Were done. We have made many strides but we still have a long way to go. I am heartened every week when kids approach my tables at the Ybor City Saturday Market of any craft shows. They're tuned in to recycling and are fascinated by what I can make. Once, I met a young man and his father at an event. The boy was so fascinated by everything. He looked at every table with complete wonder. A few months later at another event that same father thanked me and told me I had inspired his son. He makes art from recycled materials and is always looking for new things to make. I have to say I was moved to tears. I was not expecting that. But it felt very good to hear! I was doing exactly what I was meant to. Happy Earth Day Everyone!
Re-Usin' by Susan is the culmination of many years of exploration and experimentation in jewelry making. People ask me how I got to be so creative. I tell them I ate paste as a child.