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EcoArts Awards - A Competition Opportunity for Everyone

EcoArtsIf you have ever wanted to promote ecology while expressing your artistic expression, here is an opportunity to weave both together. 


All ecology-minded artists, artisans, and makers should submit their works to this upcoming competition.

Eco Arts Awards is calling for entries in 6 creative categories:

  • Fine Art,
  • Photography,
  • Literature,
  • Short Videos, 
  • Songwriting, &
  • Functional Art/Repurposed Materials in Art & Design.

Awards: $1,000 cash for the first place winner in each category.

Final Entry Deadline - midnight, November 30th, 2011

The entry fee per work is $30. Winners will be notified no later than April, 2012.

For more information, visit their website.

Recycle (above) is a series of necklaces and bracelets fabricated from post consumer plastic waste.  By taking materials from the waste stream of our consumer society, these pieces transform the mundane into the extra-ordinary.
Recycled Fruit Crate by Harriete Estel Berman about recycled plastic waste.

Recycled Necklace from Recycled Fruit Crate by Harriete Estel Berman about recycled plastic waste

Recycled bracelets from Recycled Fruit Crate by Harriete Estel Berman about recycled plastic waste


More information is below about the environmental messages behind my work.

These extra-ordinary bracelets also represent a very serious message about the overabundance and waste in our society.  Just think about the quantity of the trash that we throw away every day.

Most plastics are not bio-degradable or recycled. In a recent article, The Wall Street Journal *points out that only a small percent of PET beverage containers are recycled.  The recycling rate hasn't kept up with the growth of plastic-bottle use over the past 15 years.
"Coca Cola is wrestling with low recycling rates, rising prices for used plastic as demand from China has grown, and headaches tied to curbside recycling programs. So low is the supply of recycled, bottle-grade PET that its price is about 10% above that of virgin PET in the U.S., according to Coke and recycling industry executives."
"Due in part to the woes at the Spartanburg plant, Coke has about 5% recycled content in its plastic PET bottles today, down from 10% roughly five years ago. PepsiCo Inc. says it has 10% recycled PET content. Both rates pale with recycled content in aluminum beverage cans, which stands at 68%, according to the Aluminum Association."
"Not many bottles are recycled in the first place. The U.S. recycling rate for plastic bottles made from PET, typically derived from petroleum, was 28% in 2009, according to the National Association for PET Container Resources. That compares with a recycling rate for PET plastic bottles of nearly 50% in Europe.  In California, which recently strengthened bottle-deposit rules, 68% of PET bottles were recycled last year."
Think about all the plastic that is not recycled! The recycling rate for HDPE used for milk bottles, shampoo bottles, and similar containers is even lower!    

We contribute to the problem unconsciously in so many ways due to a lack of awareness. Tons of plastic are thrown away every day filling our landfills with materials that do not fully decompose but turn into microparticles of plastic. Plastic is contaminating our oceans, sea life, and waterways. The solutions are not easy. But the issue is acute and most people don’t even know about this problem.

Harriete Estel Berman

*Esterl, Mike. "Plastic Bottle Recycling Is In the Dumps", The Wall Street Journal, Friday, August 19, 2011., Marketplace section pages B1-B2.