Japan’s Trash-Collecting Samurai Performance Team

To draw attention to littering in Japanese cities, the Jidaigumi Basara walk through streets armed with fire tongs and dressed in kimonos as they collect trash. Self-dubbed as the “Picking-Up Trash Samurai Performance Team,” the individuals move in choreographed action. Every piece of trash collected provides an opportunity for performance. The act certainly succeeds in gathering the eyes and ears of passersby. Read more at …

AMEX to Release Card Composed of Recovered Ocean Plastic

With their Parley for the Oceans partnership, American Express plans to address the global problem of ocean plastic pollution in two ways. First, they’re releasing a new card primarily composed of plastic found in the ocean and along the coast. This will reduce their new plastic consumption. Further, this initiative is also about raising awareness for their cardholders and will include many other eco-friendly commitments. …

National Geographic’s Iceberg of Plastic

“16 billion pounds of plastic ends up in the ocean each year. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” reads the June 2018 cover of National Geographic. The text is set upon Mexican artist Jorge Gamboa’s clever, captivating image (titled “Iceberg Plástico,” and winner of Bolivia’s Biennial of Poster in 2017) of an iceberg-resembling plastic bag. Aside from the fact that it’s a magazine …