What Straw Forward artists created out of 25,000 used drinking straws, and why they did it

Next Pittsburgh – Once you get past the initial “ick” factor — art made from used drinking straws? — you realize the idea is brilliant. Every year, millions of plastic straws get thrown away, one by one, and far too many end up polluting our environment. Our oceans are filling with these toxic bits of plastic, and the impact on sea life and our planet’s water is undeniably worrisome. But who thinks of that when you drop one single, tiny straw into a trash can? Beginning today at the Carnegie Science Center, you can see in vivid color what just five months of straws discarded in Pittsburgh actually look like. (Here’s how those straws were originally collected. Did you participate?)

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