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Plastic straw art installation by Von Wong showcased in HCMC
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Plastic straw art installation by Von Wong showcased in HCMC

The Saigon Times Daily

“The Parting of the Plastic Sea” is situated at the atrium of the Estella Place retail mall - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

HCMC - Non-profit organization Zero Waste Saigon, Starbucks Vietnam and green developer Keppel Land have collaborated to showcase an art piece named “The Parting of the Plastic Sea” by artist Von Wong at the atrium of the Estella Place retail mall in District 2 of HCMC to raise awareness on the impact of plastic waste on the environment and to encourage the public to reduce consumption of single-use plastics.

The work is made from recovered plastic packaging and straws that were collected all over the streets of Vietnam with the help of volunteers including schools like British International School, American International School and the German School along with local Starbucks partners.

With a mission to surprise and educate passers-by, the hope is to give the public a visual representation of the connection between plastic usage and the dangers it represents to the oceans.

Julia Mesner, founder of Zero Waste Saigon, said: “Saying no to a plastic straw is a way that each person can have a positive impact on protecting environment. Plastic straws are one of the most useless waste because it is unnecessary for most people. Our motto is “Every action counts”. By making a small action today, it will lead people to bigger actions that will change the world for the better.”

From now until March 24, visitors at the Estella Place are encouraged to share their experience of the installation on social media accompanied by the hashtag #strawpocalypse. In addition, members of the public are encouraged to pledge their support and make a commitment to tell others “No straw, please”.

"I believe that each and every person has the ability to positively affect the world with their actions. I hope that this installation can become a tool that anyone can use to encourage others to turn down the next straw that they're offered. Alone, these straws represent a tragedy, but the #strawpocalypse also represents "hope" of what is possible when people and companies come together to make a difference,” said artist Von Wong.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea by weight by 2050. Although Vietnam houses only 1.26% of the world’s population, it is responsible for 6% of the plastic that enters the ocean.

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