Trash Fish

You know the saying, “one person’s trash is another’s treasure”? Maybe, in this new green focused time, we should change it to “less trash from each person is everyone’s treasure”. 

For most of my life on the planet the idea of recycling has received a lot of press and has been put into action in various ways.  Some communities have recycling bins picked up along with the regular refuse.  Some only have recycling centers sprinkled about where you sort the plastics, glass, and newspapers.  Some have no recycling at all and force residents to find their own methods (or give up and put it all into the Hefty bag).   

The recycling effort alone is not enough.  What we need, more than anything, is to reduce the amount of waste that we actually produce.  Andrew Nisker’s Garbage!  The Revolution Starts At Home is a smart film that echoes the work of 30 Days and Supersize Me guy Morgan Spurlock.  Nisker convinces an average American family to keep their waste – in the garage – for three months.  It’s entertaining, it’s intriguing, it’s ultimately a bit of a catalyst. 

Other enterprising green activists have committed themselves to similar projects.  Previously they were all about buying nothing new with the attention focused on consuming less, period.  A few go farther and ask, Can We Create A World Without Waste

Reusing waste to create art isn’t a terribly new concept but its one that has grabbed my attention lately.  Particulalry, an installation I saw at the Zoo made entirely of recycled materials.

Artificial anglerfish

Sea turtles often ingest plastic bags assuming they are jellyfish

Moray eel and giant clam

I know most of our visitors did not see a hidden message in this work, but I do.  Marine debris – ocean waste – continues to be a major issue in ocean conservation and contributes to the deaths of countless marine birds, fish, turtles, sharks, whales, and other critters.  It isnt possible for us to go out and scoop up all the floating plastic we find in the ocean, we need to stop the incoming peices and keep them out of the big blue.

Interested in seeing some more trashy art?  The guys at StartMotions have created animations of animals made of recycled parts!  Genius and cute!


One Comment to “Trash Fish”

  1. Wow. These are soooo beautiful. They make my poor little fake plastic fish look kinda puny.