The Almanac: Straw art installation highlights impact of plastic on the environment

January 21, 2019 Brad Hunt We may habitually toss stuff into garbage cans and put trash bags out by the curb, but our refuse still goes somewhere even when it’s no longer cluttering up our living spaces. “We can’t throw things away because there is no ‘away,’” according to Joylette Portlock, the executive director of […]

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Trib: Carnegie Science Center installation depicts waste, upcycling, from discarded plastic

January 17, 2019 Mary Pickles Through Feb. 15, Carnegie Science Center’s RiverView Cafè will display an exhibit depicting the fallout from single-use plastic waste and plastic pollution. The Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program’s Straw Forward demonstrates a community-wide, collaborative effort to inspire a conversation about the issue of plastic pollution from a local perspective. More than 25,000 plastic straws collected […]

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Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Straw Forward

January 16, 2019 Therese Joseph, left, of Sheraden and Megan McGregor of Crafton, both of the Shift Collaborative creative agency, on Tuesday enjoy the ocean creatures they helped make from drinking straws and other reclaimed plastic waste.  Their work is part of the newly unveiled “Straw Forward” art installation on at the Carnegie Science Center […]

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Pittsburgh City Paper: Art exhibit made from restaurants’ plastic waste focuses on sustainability

January 16, 2019 Hannah Lynn Last year was a big one for the plastic straw. It became a cause célèbre, subject to environmental campaigns to end its use, due to excessive and preventable pollution caused by the straws. Starbucks, McDonald’s, Hilton, and other companies have announced bans on plastic straws that will gradually be put […]

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Pittsburgh Parent: Sustainable Pittsburgh Restraunt Program’s Straw Forward Art Installation on Display for a Limited Time at Carnegie Science Center

January 16, 2018 A new, limited-time exhibit at Carnegie Science Center seeks to inspire meaningful dialogue around the global-scale issues of single-use plastic waste and plastic pollution. The Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program’s highly anticipated Straw Forward™art installation is now on display in the Science Center’s RiverView Café through Fri., Feb. 15, 2019. Straw Forward demonstrates […]

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NEXTpittsburgh: What Straw Forward artists created out of 25,000 used drinking straws, and why they did it

January 15, 2019 Melissa Rayworth Once you get past the initial “ick” factor — art made from used drinking straws? — you realize the idea is brilliant. Every year, millions of plastic straws get thrown away, one by one, and far too many end up polluting our environment. Our oceans are filling with these toxic bits […]

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