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by Annette Vandersluis (subscribe)
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How much single use plastic do you bring home?
Do you walk into a supermarket and are horrified by the amount of plastic that is offered up to us as part of our weekly shopping? It seems just about everything we touch is packaged in some form of plastic. Whether it be the fruit we purchase, which either comes wrapped in plastic or we put it in little plastic bags or a box of biscuits, which generally has a little plastic bag inside, every item we consume involves single-use plastic in some way. Then we are reminded of the impact of our use of plastics when we see the damage it is doing to our marine life and oceans.

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Photo: Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Campaign


If you are not too concerned with the enormity of our reliance on single-use plastics and even if you are, this tongue in cheek look at our reliance on plastic may just have you thinking twice.

As part of the Adelaide Festival, The Plastic Bag Store is part store, part film but all plastic bags. Created by Robin Frohardt and The Plastic Bag Store Company, you will be guided through a 55 minute guided store tour including a series of short films featuring puppets and animation, highlighting centuries of human throw away culture.



Explore the 'supermarket', where you can see deli items, mixed salads, fruit, vegetables and cleaning items all made from 100% recycled plastic. Experience new lines such as Baggo Breakfast Waffles, Bagarino Pizza and the new fruit juice, Orange Plastic Bags. Don't forget to explore the essential nutrition statements which are, of course, straight zeros. All plastic is locally sourced and harvested from the streets and bins of New York City.

Will you come to the discomforting realisation that there is no way to escape from our plastic bag culture. What steps will you take to reduce your reliance on plastic?

The Plastic Bag Store is at Level 1, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall, Adelaide and is free to visit, however, registration is essential. Recommended for ages 7 years and up.

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Photo: The Plastic Bag Store Company


The Plastic Bag Store is open from Tuesday 23 February to Sunday 14 March 2021. Times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5.30 pm, Friday 6 pm and 8 pm, Saturday 10.30 am, 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm and Sunday (28 February) 11.15 am and 5 pm and Sunday (7 and 14 March) 10.30 am and 5 pm.

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Why? Be amazed by a visual display of our reliance on single use plastic
When: 23 February to 7 March 2021
Where: Level 1, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall, Adelaide
Cost: Free entry
Your Comment
Very informative article Annette. Unfortunately I feel plastic is here to stay. The solution may be to find ways to dispose of them in an environmentally safe way.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|1425) 13 days ago
Art with an mental . Love it
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|1867) 13 days ago
Another insightful and informative article by you. Loving reading all your articles...
by willo (score: 0|6) 12 days ago
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