Plastic Art Made with Love


ImagePicture By: Richard and Judith Shelby Lang

A love story…

While on their first date Richard Lang and Judith Shelby Lang took a stroll on Kehoe beach in Northern California. While on their walk they noticed the amount of plastic trash on the beach. From that moment they decided that they wanted to do something about it together.

For one year they went to Kehoe Beach as often as they could to see how much trash they could collect. In this one-year they collected over 4000 pounds of plastic. Some of the plastic found is dated back to the 1940’s.

In 1999 they started Plastic Forever, a project in which they collect plastic trash from Kehoe Beach in Northern California and make it into art. The art is used to promote awareness of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an ocean layer of plastic trash the size of Texas.

Their story has been portrayed in a short film “One Plastic Beach” produced by Eric Slatkin and Tess Thackara.

Richard and Judith found a sustainable way to reuse the plastic on Kehoe Beach and turn it into art.   They are two examples on how a difference can be made in a creative way. How could you make a difference creatively with your beach trash?

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