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In The News | November 17, 2014

Whale Made From Waste Plastic Bags Brings Recycling Message to Washington

A 32 foot long whale made from waste plastic and bags is migrating through Washington State and stopping at community events and a local recycling center in order to bring awareness to the amount of plastic we use but do not recycle.

The whale is the result of the Plastic Whale Project, a creation of Carrie Ziegler, waste reduction specialist for Thurston County. The project was inspired after the autopsy of a grey whale in Puget Sound revealed that her stomach included significant quantities of waste including 20 plastic shopping bags at the time of death.

Ziegler designed the project with the support students at of over 15 schools who braided together 9,000 plastic bags, juice cups and plastic utensils that form the whale’s skin and skeleton. The whale’s skin includes a depiction of the Pacific Ocean and the swirling mass of mostly plastic garbage known as the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’.


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