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 a community-wide, collaborative effort to accelerate an important message about the global issue of plastic pollution—from a local perspective. In addition to plastic straws – more than 25,000 plastic straws were collected from 37 Pittsburgh-based restaurants, nonprofits, and businesses between June and October 2018 – the installation also includes discarded plastic-based items pulled from the banks of the Allegheny River with Allegheny CleanWays, yarn from First Mile (of Thread International) that was upcycled from plastic bottles saved by citizens in developing countries, and other repurposed materials from Construction Junction and the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

The concept, design, and construction of the installation was developed through a partnership with the creative team from Pittsburgh-based Shift Collaborative.

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