Plastic pollution has been a significant issue in the world. Plastics have become a severe threat to natural ecosystems and human health, with studies predicting a twofold increase in the number of plastic debris (including micro and nano-sized plastics) by 2030. However, such predictions will likely be aggravated by the excessive use and consumption of single-use plastics (including personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I self-quarantined for 14 days in South Korea in June 2020 for Covid-19 testing and inevitably consumed so many pieces of plastic bottles and containers during my quarantine time. I collected the data of my 14-days plastic consumption and calculated the time for decomposition. It showed that more than 10000 years would take to decompose the plastics I used in 14 days fully. It was shocking to learn about the information and the negative impact on nature and the environment. I wanted to address awareness about plastic pollution based on my personal story in this poster and encourage viewers to take action right now.
To generate 3d images, I used Photogrammetry techniques. I captured each plastic object in 360 degrees by using a DSLR camera and captured around 100 pictures of each object. Several Photogrammetry software was used to generate the 3d scanned object images. I wanted to use the computer-generated images of the plastic objects that included cracks and unpolished surfaces, which could deliver the cracks and particles generated during the decomposing process. And I arranged the objects in the space to mimic falling into the dumpsite and add red lines to indicate how many years are necessary to decompose plastic objects fully. I wanted to use grayscale on this poster to focus on the fact and information rather than the shapes and forms of the plastic objects. It shows that a significant number of plastic objects would require more than 10000 years to decompose fully. Only the timelines are in red color to deliver the important data for viewers.
This poster is for promotional purposes, and the main target audience is everyone who can see this poster. The main purpose of this poster is to raise awareness about plastic pollution and specifically encourage viewers to reduce the use of plastics during the pandemic era as much as possible. I am planning to showcase this poster in various places (online/offline) and try to spread the word in a public space.