A LIFETIME OF PLASTIC

Plastic pollution is a growing problem in the world where roughly 30 million tons are disposed of annually, of which only 10% becomes recycled material. The remainder ends up in our oceans and landfills, contaminating the environment. This website plots common plastic items along a timeline showcasing approximately how long it takes each plastic to fully biodegrade. Along with describing the longevity of plastic items, this project also tackles other topics including the various types of “green” plastics, how our oceans are negatively impacted, and how different plastics should be discarded.

DURATION

Apr–Jun 2017

INSTRUCTOR

Kristine Matthews

A PIXEL FOR EVERY HOUR

This website is built around the analogy that every pixel scrolled down the page represents moving an hour forward in time. While newer, greener plastics degrade within the first few pages worth of pixels, more traditional plastics are located hundreds of thousands of pixels further down.

TELLING MULTIPLE STORIES

The long stretches of time between each of the main plastics offer a great opportunity to examine other facets of plastic including its effect on our oceans, the different types of resins, and the many different types of green plastics. Animations act as waypoints, guiding viewers along and bringing levity to an otherwise somber subject.