In memoriam

An investigation in to the mass consumption of plastic carrier bags.

Plastic carrier bags were a popular consumer privilege from the mid century to the early 21st centuries. Used mainly to transport consumer goods – themselves often wrapped in plastic – the average bag was user approximately for 12 minutes before being discarded into landfills, the natural or built environments. 

At the height of their popularity a million of these bags were used and discarded every minute across the world. A particularly destructive practice because plastic does not degrade back into nature but only dissolves into small bioaccumulative particles. 

Early in the 21st century this unsustainable particle was finally abandoned in favour of more future proof ones we still live with the legacy of the plastic bag: for every piece of plastic ever produced still exists in one form or another to this very day. A past convenience, a continued future burden.