Washed Ashore in Bandon, Oregon is a non-profit whose mission is using “Art to Save the Sea”.
Founded by Angela Haseltine Pozzi in 2010, her and her interns, apprentices and small dedicated staff along with thousands of community volunteers “use the arts to educate a global audience about plastic pollution in oceans and waterways and to spark positive changes in consumer habits.”
These fascinating pieces of art are made completely from garbage collected from beaches. Thousands of pounds of marine debris have been removed from beaches and incorporated into over 60 different works of art. The art travels around the country to help raise awareness concerning plastics, pollution, and the damage done in the world’s oceans.
We were able to stop by the store the other day when we were traversing down the southern part of the Oregon coast. Washed Ashore in Bandon OR was one of THE places I wanted to stop. And I’m sure glad we did.
We are well aware of the decline of whale numbers from over hunting. But are you aware of the damage that’s happening to all kinds of whales with the introduction and subsequent pollution of our plastics?
A whale was found dead on a Washington state beach with “plastic bags, towels, surgical gloves, sweat pants, duct tape, fishing line and a golf ball in its stomach.”
Of course whales aren’t the only animal effected by all the plastics. Washed Ashore in Bandon educates you on what this garbage is doing to our waters, our animals, our world.
This was both an educational stop for us unschoolers, but also an opportunity to volunteer for a few minutes. Using only plastics that were cleaned up from a beach, the kids helped make what will be used as seaweed in one of the multitude of art projects for Washed Ashore in Bandon.
If you’re traveling the southern Oregon coast, be sure to spend time in Bandon. Whether you’re unschoolers like us, or retired adults, be sure to stop in at Washed Ashore….and even give some time to volunteering there. Its much appreciated.
There’s plenty of books to read up on what plastic and other garbage is doing to our world. I’ve heard plenty of good stuff about the interesting read in Moby Duck.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead
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