Plastics: fighting off the manmade invasive species

ROSEMARY BEACH – Students from The Ohana Institute created this lionfish sculpture out of plastic debris collected from Gulf waters, the beach, and surrounding areas. The goal of the sculpture, titled “Invasive,” is to raise awareness of the problem of single-use plastic products. “Like the Lionfish, plastics are also invasive in our ocean environment, jeopardizing marine life and our own health,” reported a nearby sign. 

To help stop the invasion of single-use plastics, they offer the following five tips:

1. Use your own refillable water bottle.

2. Decline the plastic straw.

3. Shop with cloth or reusable bags; refuse the plastic ones.

4. Take your own reusable cup to the coffee shop.

5. Commit to reducing, reusing, and refusing single-use plastics.

The installation is part of the Washed Ashore organization, a national artistic movement calling attention to trash in our oceans.

Titled “Invasive,” this sculpture made from debris aims to raise awareness of the problem of single-use plastic.

Titled “Invasive,” this sculpture made from debris aims to raise awareness of the problem of single-use plastic.