Microplastics in our Diet

Student | Anni Morris-Swank
Faculty | Ashley Bales
School of Liberal Arts, Department of Math and Science

I created a dinner place setting of a variety of types of seafood. The seafood is made from clear plastic bags with the outlines of the sea creatures. 

Inside, the seafood is stuffed with small pieces of plastic from single-use plastics. Most see plastics as a beneficial and convenient staple in everyday life, not as small particles entering the food chain. I want to shed light on the relationship people have with their food and how our plastic use has repercussions at lower trophic levels.

Due to human activity and industry, micro-plastics are becoming more prevalent in marine environments. Consuming the micro-plastics found in seafood result in increased health risks for humans. It is imperative for humans to look at the repercussions of plastic use in ecosystems and diet. 
An upclose image of tiny pieces of plastic in variety of seafood. 
This image shows the perspective of the viewer if they sit down at the dinner
installation.