Work by Erik Hoedemakers
Disposable plastic bags are perilously close to being ostracized in the same way as cigarettes were. Expelled from the warmth of society. Perhaps the smokers dislike shivering outside, but as they are outside the non-smokers can’t hear their teeth chattering. People now like it smoke-free indoors so the non-smokers don’t care. Is it so with plastic bags? Inconveniently banned for people who availed themselves of free bags. It is easy to forget that bags, after a brief moment of glory, spend most of their lives floating on the ocean or flying free through the air, wrapped in abandonment. Unwanted orphans of our unwitting consumption habits.
What the future holds
Eventually everyone will have a bag with them and no one will need a disposable bag anymore. Passive smoking has gone. Will passive disposable bags follow? Soon it will no longer seem radical, so perhaps we should radicalise some more.
What if in this age of 3D printers we threw a spanner in the works? What if we stopped using plastic to make something that could be made from another sustainable material? So at the birth of 3D printing, what if plastic was banned from the print heads?
Have designers missed the point as they innovated and cross-pollinated resources? Searching for new looks and catering to trends. Plastic is just too easy. It lets itself be moulded into any shape, without resistance until it is required to give support. It does what it is told and seems to be in everlasting supply, but is it? Just because it can replace a sustainable material doesn’t mean it should.
You can change this too, from today. No need for loud protests or rioting in the streets. There is something far more powerful you can do and the makers will listen. You know what not to buy.