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Museum’s new exhibit features plastics

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Make sure to check out Imagination Station’s new exhibit, “Our Life in Plastic.”

Plastic is strong, lightweight, durable, and flexible. Plastic is cheap and convenient. This is why so many things are made of plastic. This is also the problem with plastic because it is strong and durable it does not decompose easily, if at all.

The six most common sources of plastic pollution are food wrappers and containers, bottle and container caps, plastic bags, straws and stirrers, beverage bottles and takeout containers. These six items are designed to be used once and disposed of in a landfill.

The museum’s exhibit focuses on these plastics.

“Our Life in Plastic” is designed to get the attention of visitors by immersing them in facts and artifacts that let them experience the vast greatness of the plastic pollution caused by six simple items, said Jennifer Byrd, the museum’s executive director.

“As part of this exhibit we have on display ‘A Climate Champion’ by local artist John Rood,” she said. “‘A Climate Champion’ is constructed out of post consumer waste. She stands proud and tells us to do our part to make the world a healthier place.”

The museum is inviting the community to be a part of this exhibit by building a sculpture out of clean, used plastic that will be added to the gallery.

Sculptures should be no smaller than 8 inches square and no larger than 15 inches square. Give your sculpture a name or title and, like “A Climate Champion,” send a message: “I need to be the change, you need to be the change, and together we will make a difference.”

If single use plastics should be avoided, what other options do we have?

• Keep a reusable cup or bottle bottle with you.

• Bring your own container to the deli. They will weigh your food, wrap it in paper and put it in your container.

• Instead of getting a package of shredded cheese, get a block and shred it yourself. The block uses less plastic, and the freshly shredded cheese tastes much better.

• Choose eggs in cardboard containers and compost them when you are done.

• Wrap your sandwich in a cloth napkin rather than a plastic sandwich bag.

• Ditch the bottles and use bar soap and shampoo.

• Use metal, glass or bamboo straws.

• Rather than plastic storage containers, find glass or metal alternatives.

• Buy items in bulk; less plastic is used per item.

• Take the time to look for products that are packaged in little to no plastic.

Imagination Station is located at the corner of Nash and Douglas streets in downtown Wilson. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays. For more information, call 252-291-5113.

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