Plastic enemy number one

A painting of a plastic bottle with thoughtless written in pink next to it.
A painting of a plastic bottle with lazy written in green next to it.

Tia Grazette, London member, curator and founder of Le Good Society, talks to Ted Stansfield, Digital Editor of AnOther magazine, about turning to art for the fight against plastic pollution

By Ted Stansfield     Above images: Paul Davis .   Sunday 9 August, 2020    Short read

It’s a testament to the power of the arts that one image can cause a shift in public mood. In the case of the fight against plastic pollution, this image was of albatross chicks eating plastic in the documentary series Blue Planet II. It was a damning indictment of the impact of human activity – plastic, specifically – on the natural world. The footage – which was seen by 14 million people when it originally aired on BBC One in 2017 – aroused public concern, causing us to rethink our relationship to this material, which Sir David Attenborough himself has described as ‘wretched’.

Tia Grazette, acclaimed creative director and content director, as well as the founder of Le Good Society and the curator of a new exhibition entitled Let’s Live With Less Plastic, agrees that there has been a shift in public opinion towards plastic. ‘It’s great how much momentum has built behind the plastic pollution crisis,’ she says. ‘And how it has somewhat been accepted by the mass media and society. But there is still so far to go in the fight against plastic.’
A skip with a poster saying the world as we know it in it.
A plastic bottle containing blue water with the sea written on it in pen.