While combing the beaches of Kauai four years ago, David Bacigalupi found himself dazzled by the enormous selection of beach plastic. The first day he picked up a pocketful in about 10 minutes. The next day he filled up a plastic quart container. The third day he filled a bread bag and picked up a single use juice bottle, a single use liter bottle, and half a wheelbarrow. At this point beach plastic became an obsession.
As a designer, David works with clients to discover and tell their company’s story. In his art, his skills and background are particularly suited to exploring the possibility that the power of art and design can influence and rewire how we use natural resources, in small incremental steps.
I have come to believe that art for art’s sake is a luxury we can no longer afford. We are faced with an extraordinary list of extreme environmental issues, the solutions to which are elusive and daunting to say the least.
During a year of study in Dominican University’s Green MBA certificate program I chose to address the quite tangible issue of our global addiction to plastic. It is laughable that one person imagines he can influence such a massive problem. I have co-opted a 100 year old quote as my mantra that puts this issue into a scalable format for me: ‘Do what you can with what you have where you are.’
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