Ecocouture, the US Green Building Council, the Paradise Key community and Dream in Green are collaborating to bring a “green” art installation to Art Basel in Wynwood as part of Freebee’s “FREEDOM” event. This art piece will be created using plastic bags tied together to create visual awareness about the physical space plastics occupy in our oceans.

There is an area in the Atlantic Ocean spanning the distance between Virginia and Cuba called the Great Atlantic Garbage Patch. This area, a soup of plastic, contains up to 26 million plastic particles per square kilometer. Americans use more than 100 billion plastic bags each year, that’s more than 300 bags per person. While the average plastic bag is used for just 12 minutes, a single bag has a life expectancy of 1,000 years.

Nearly 100 cities, towns, and counties across the United States have banned the use of plastic bags, half of them in the past year. Miami is not yet one of those places.

Do you shop at Publix or Walmart? Our goal is to collect 1,000 plastic bags to build this piece, specifically with Publix and Walmart bags (grey and brown bags are needed). If you already have plastic bags at home, you can drop off your bags at the Dream in Green’s office located at 425 NE 22 Street, Suite 401, or you may also schedule a pickup with Arima at gro.ytinummockpnull@arima.

Everyone is invited to contribute their bags, ideas and join our design team!

For more information, please contact Amira