A sculpture was unveiled over the weekend to celebrate Plastic Free July and to encourage people to prevent plastic from ending up in the ocean.
Cape Town, South Africa – July is Plastic-Free month, which sees many people give up some or all plastic items for the month. Over the weekend, a significant sculpture was unveiled at the waterfront in Cape Town.
Faithful-to-Nature, an eco-friendly online store, was behind the sculpture. The sculpture is of a fish-shaped cage which is filled with plastic and passersby can easily add their plastic bottles and bags to the sculpture.
The fish is named Faithful, and it holds a powerful message. While its body is designed to hold plastic, it holds a lesson for all those who pass by it. It shows what many ocean wildlife have in their own stomachs. Littered with plastic bags and bits of plastic which are often mistaken as food.
“The Fish Named Faithful was born under the glow of the full moon, near the rocks in Cape Town. All of her siblings had fallen victim to plastic pollution, whether by eating it or becoming tangled in fishing lines, leaving Faithful lonely, heartbroken and scared that the same would happen to her.”
The online store shared some scary facts about the direction we are heading if we don’t do more to protect the environment.
“Did you know that every year up to 12 MILLION metric tons of plastic lands up in our oceans and that by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than marine life?
80% of all ocean litter is plastic
Faithful the fish is on a mission to eradicate the problem that we have created by collecting plastic throughout the month, sorting it to be recycled and disposed of ethically so that it doesn’t land up in our oceans.”
The company is encouraging people to visit the sculpture and add their plastic waste to it. At the end of the month, they will sort and distribute the different kinds of plastic to the appropriate recycling centres to make sure that none of the plastic ends up in landfill or the ocean.
If you would like to find out more about Plastic-Free July, check out our previous post on it here. Let us know in the comment section if you will be visiting Faithful the Fish this month.