Plastic Suffocation is a two-part series conveying the simple message that plastics are irresponsibly used as a means of packaging. Other forms of packaging are available yet are too expensive to provide an alternative. Commercial companies, driven by profit, wrap or package their goods in the cheapest way possible. They choose to ignore concerns, despite the cost to the environment.
The long-established use of plastics has increased demand and reduced prices. Other, more eco-friendly materials, are available, however, the demand for these materials is low and prices
are high. Governments could introduce taxes on plastic and provide tax breaks for ecologically responsible alternatives. Such measures would help switch demand to biodegradable materials, guaranteeing their use as a viable alternative to plastic. We need to put an end to the global suffocation caused by plastic waste. Until responsible environmental policies are implemented – on a global level – nothing will change.
In this series of photographs, a collection of heads wrapped with carrier bags graphically portrays this message. Respiratory systems are blocked, sight is obscured and biological identity stripped. The occasional presence of packaged items adds to the plastic content evident in each image, further visualising the over-use of this polluting material.