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  1. A Year of Plastic with Sarah Thornington (Online)

    July 26, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Virtual

    A Year of Plastic project was started after Sarah realized the sheer quantity of plastic marine debris she was picking up on a regular basis from Cape Cod beaches. She spent a year doing a beach clean-up every single day, counting and documenting the plastic debris she found, as well as posting daily on her Instagram account, @AYearofPlastic. To keep awareness on the plastic debris problem, Sarah creates art, photographs and displays with some of the 21,000 objects she found during that time, always adding to her art supplies through new clean ups. Sarah Thornington will speak about the project via Zoom. She will talk about sorting, counting and cleaning the debris, along with interesting things she found, like a tiny astronaut figurine from the 60's. Come learn why she started, what she learned, and what it's like in your basement when you clean, store and count almost 21,000 pieces of plastic! Sarah will share tips and ideas to reduce plastic use along with interesting stats and information about our nation’s plastic use. Sarah will give you inspiration to reduce, re-reuse and recycle and get creative with items you probably already have at home. See some of the treasures she has created from items that were thrown away, and the fascination people have with her art and creative ideas. She has created mosaics, and multi-media pieces by combining found plastics with her own photographs and also weaving with ‘ghost gear.’ Don’t miss this fascinating and unique event! Registration required for Zoom link. Questions? Christy Billings: cbillings@russelllibrary.org Sarah Jane Thornington is a portrait photographer/marine debris artist who has lived on Cape Cod for the last 30 plus years. A passionate protector of the planet, she can often be found cleaning the beaches, or creating with the debris found to help keep awareness on our single-use plastic problem. She has completed both the expert and leadership tracks of the UN Environment Massive Online Open Course on Marine Debris, and her work can be found in homes across the country and abroad.