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Ridgely Middle School club uses art installation to encourage ecology
09/30/2013

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According to the members of The Builders Club at Ridgely Middle School, the average American family takes home 1,500 plastic shopping bags every year. To bring that to the attention of Ridgely school community, the club created an art installation – featuring 1,500 bags – to illustrate the waste created by using plastic – instead of reusable bags.

Lowimpactliving.com estimates that 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year, and experts say it takes more than 12 million barrels of oil to make that many plastic bags. In the US, less than 2% of plastic bags are recycled.  Instead they wind up polluting the soil (through landfills) and the ocean and endangering animals who ingest them or become entangled in them.

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Story and photos submitted by Angela Rountree, Art Department Chair, Ridgely Middle School
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