Let’s Live With Less Plastic
Artists unite to support Plastic Free July with outdoor art exhibition across the UK
Published: 4 July 2021
This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod
Main image: Eser Gundz
‘Let’s Live with Less Plastic’ is back with a new show of original art work and prints to encourage people in the UK to use less plastic.
The works will be displayed across the UK on large digital billboards in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Southhampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle from 05-31 July.
The exhibition brings together 20 artists from across the globe, including Poldark actress Ellise Chappell, Ben Eine and Stuart Semple.
Curated by Tia Grazette, founder of Le Good Society, Let’s Live With Less Plastic is being launched in aid of Plastic Free July and in conjunction with The Marine Conservation Society’s Plastic Challenge.
‘I think it’s really sad when I see a dolphin smoking a cigarette. Our oceans are choking in plastic. This is an emergency. When will we learn. If the seas die we die.’
Action on plastic pollution
The pandemic has seen plastic pollution continue to escalate, with 129 billion face masks and 65 billion gloves used globally every month. That’s 3 million masks a minute.
Many used face masks litter the streets and pollute our rivers and oceans, meaning collective action is more important than ever in the fight against plastic pollution.
Artists involved include Ben Eine, Stuart Semple, Ellise Chappell, Isabel Getty, Todd Francis, Jeff Gillette, Scott King, Murmure, Patrick Thomas, Eser Gunduz, Gommie, Paul Davis, i, Luke Waller, Tia Grazette, Gretchen Andrews and Frank Goffey.
The artists have all pledged to reduce their plastic usage this July.
‘Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats facing our planet. It is in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and clothes we wear – killing wildlife and polluting the oceans. We need to take collective action to stop this now. And what better way to encourage and remind everyone to use less plastic than through a nationwide outdoor art exhibit for Plastic Free July. The art is unexpected, catches your eye and is a powerful way to communicate a message so critical to life on Earth.’
Founder of Le Good Society
Plastic food packaging
The art will be displayed on digital billboards – on large format out of home (OHH) screens – to encourage the general public to live with less plastic.
Original art works and prints are also available to buy online here.
‘I’m so happy to contribute a painting for #plasticfreejuly, which focuses specifically on the issue of plastic food packaging and the power we hold as consumers.
‘When plastic is used for food packaging, it becomes an undervalued, disposable material; one that is used and thrown away sometimes within minutes. And yet, plastic lasts forever, slowly breaking down into toxic microplastics that permeate our ecosystems.
‘With my painting, I hope to highlight this mismatch, whilst appealing to our immense capacity for empathy. Free the fruit!’
Online art includes the Seawatercolour-insult-bottles series by Paul Davis and his limited-edition Seawater-bottle sculpture.
Using seawater, ink and watercolour, Davis paints a variety of widely used water-bottles, then adds insults (to injury, as it were) to raise awareness around the urgency with which the world’s plastic addiction needs to be broken if our perfectly balanced environment is to stand a chance.
‘It takes 3 litres of water to manufacture a 1 litre plastic bottle of water. This is crazy. Let’s stop buying plastic water bottles and buy reusable ones instead.’