Three fish-shaped structures catch the eye of passersby near the fuente de la Hispanidad in San Pedro. The steal structures are stuffed with disposable plastic. The main structure is seven meters long and weighs 500 kilos. The structures, made by Francesco Bracci, contain over 600 kilos of plastic.
Preserve Planet Association promoted this initiative to raise awareness about excessive consumption of disposable plastic and promote environmental education. It points to the urgency to reduce the use of plastic bags, bottles, packaging, containers and straws.
Contamination by our plastic waste kills over one million birds and one hundred thousand marine mammals per year. 622 million plastic bottles are consumed annually in Costa Rica. Around the world, 500,000 million plastic bags and eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans.
For the month of May, the structures will be rotated throughout the capital. They will be on Central Avenue, at the Plaza de la Democracia, and near the Costa Rican Art Museum. They may even be brought to Puntarenas.