Due to a partnership between Recology CleanScapes and the Plastic Whale Project, a whale made from plastic bags has migrated to various events around the Northwest including a visit to Shoreline Community College for Earth Month. Thurston County Education and Outreach Specialist and artist, Carrie Zeigler, was inspired to create this project when a grey whale was found to have a significant amount of plastic waste in its stomach when it died. Carrie worked with students at 15 different schools to create a 32-foot long replica of the whale, made from 9,000 plastic bags and other disposable plastics, such as utensils, cups, and Styrofoam™. The whale’s skin even displays a map of the Pacific Ocean and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch as a local reminder of the global impact of disposable plastics.
The whale was on display at Shoreline Community College to show students and community members the impact of our plastics on marine life in the northwest. For more information on the Plastic Whale Project, visit www.plasticwhaleproject.com.