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Plastic Madness

Plastic Madness

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

We rarely rant and rave about issues that are pet peeves, irk us, or even send us into orbit. Don’t get me wrong, we have very definite opinions about things that are going on nowadays, but we tend to keep our mouths shut. We’re not Tweeters, and you’ll never see an emotionally charged political or religious rant or rave from us on any of the social media platforms. 

Maybe it’s because we’re older now and we’ve learned a thing or two throughout the 100+ years we’ve collectively lived. Maybe it’s because we’re too busy with other things. Or, maybe it’s because we figure that we’re adding more fodder to fuel the inferno of anger that burns so ardently throughout the world today. I guess we figure it’s just not worth it to jump into the fire.


We really get on our soap box when it comes to “one word: plastics” (to quote The Graduate). Our planet is drowning in plastic at an alarming rate. Plastic kills millions of seabirds, turtles, and fish each year. It enters our food chain through the seafood we eat. It doesn’t decompose and leaches toxic chemicals into drinking water. Plastic litters our beaches, neighborhoods and highways. There is a floating garbage patch (made mostly of plastic) twice the size of the United States in the Pacific Ocean.

See why we are concerned?

Humankind has become single-use consumers when it comes to plastic straws, cups, plates, eating utensils, bags, etc. Unfortunately, each piece of plastic is virtually eternal. Only about 9% is recycled, 12% is burned and the remaining 79% ends up in landfills and our environment. 700 marine species are in danger of extinction because of plastic trash.

Artist Glen Rogers decided to do something about it. In 2016, she found a plethora of plastic trash while walking the beaches of Mazatlán, Mexico. We saw the same thing while we were in Xcalak, Mexico. With both sadness and disgust she invited local artists to create artwork that would engage the public and increase awareness of the global plastic crisis. Since January, 2017, the exhibition has traveled and been displayed at various galleries throughout Mexico and the United States. 

We were fortunate enough to see this exhibit, here in San Miguel. Each piece is made of trash (mainly plastic) found on ocean beaches. Here’s a few that “wowed” us because of their incredible artistic creativity and eye appeal. 

See what you think:

Adorable Killers
Robin Cole

Encaustic / Mixed Media

Lanny Garland

Plastic Objects

Biomutation #2
Kambria Anton

Plastic Bottles

Daily Pickins
Jan Davis

Plastic Straws

A Day on the Beach
Victoria Pierce

Mixed Media / Trash

From the Sea / Del Mar
Emily C-D

Found Turtle Skull / Plastic

Homo Sapiens Plasticus
Juan Pablo AF Trolle

Plastic Skeleton / Plastic

Homo Sapiens Plasticus
Juan Pablo AF Trolle

Plastic Skeleton / Plastic

Last Chance / Ultimo Oportunidad
Glen Rogers

Plastic Bags, Rope, Bubble Wrap, Etc.

Latte Frio
Charlotte Forbes

Plastic / Thread

Contaminado y Transformado: ¿La Humancida Mujer de Nuestra Futura?
Diana Thornhill Miller

Mixed Plastic

Contaminado y Transformado: ¿La Humancida Mujer de Nuestra Futura?
Diana Thornhill Miller

Mixed Plastic

Our Lady of Perpetual Plastic
Lena Bartula

Styrofoam /Mixed Media

Gabby Buenrostro

Plastic Waste

Poison Rose
Robert Toll

Found Plastic with Metal

In the Red Octopus Garden
Bruce Stuart

Mixed Media

Running Out of Time
Cathy Taylor

Circuit Boards /  E-waste

White End
Bea Aaronson

Plastic Objects / Bone

Incredible, huh?

As talented as these artists are, let's not give them more material to work with. How about doing something that will decrease your plastic imprint? Here are a few ways we all can use less plastic:

  • Say NO to plastic straws.

  • Use reusable produce bags.

  • Use a reusable bottle or mug for beverages.

  • Buy food in bulk.

  • Buy boxes instead of bottles.

  • Use matches instead of disposable lighters.

  • Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor.

  • Don’t buy frozen produce.

  • Bring your own container for take-out.


“Our actions over the next 10 years will determine the state of the ocean for the next 10,000 years.”   ~Sylvia Earle

‘Nuf said.

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