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Student art contest to fight plastic pollution

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Photo courtesy: Algalita Marine Research Foundation Photo courtesy: Algalita Marine Research Foundation
A model simulation of the distribution of marine litter in the ocean after ten years shows plastic converging in the five gyres: the Indian Ocean, the North and South Pacific and the North and South Atlantic. A model simulation of the distribution of marine litter in the ocean after ten years shows plastic converging in the five gyres: the Indian Ocean, the North and South Pacific and the North and South Atlantic.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The UN Safe Planet Campaign is holding a statewide art contest that encourages students to find solutions to plastic pollution. The contest is held in partnership with the Hawaii Department of Education, Malama Hawaii and others.

Students from Grade K-3 through to Grade 12 are being encouraged to pick one, single use plastic item from their home and re-design it in an eco-friendly material. What does it look like? How is it made? How is it used? The item could be a shopping bag, disposable water bottle, plastic cutlery, etc. that is used once and then thrown away.

Ideas can be submitted as a photograph, painting, drawing, graphic or sculpture.

Five winners will have their designs made into prototypes by local manufacturers and the image printed on new Safe Planet sustainable bags; get to tour the Sea Dragon research vessel when she pulls into port in Honolulu, July, 2012; spend a week at Art Mill in the Czech Republic for one winner (does not include airfare) and exhibit with the Safe Planet exhibition during the Rio+20 Global Conference in June, 2012.

The contest closes on May 18, 2012 with final winners announced June 15, 2012.

For more information, contest rules or to download a flyer, visit Safe Planet or Art Mill or e-mail artcontest@artmill.eu.

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