STRAWS THAT STIR DISCUSSION
Therese Joseph, left, of Sheraden and Megan McGregor of Crafton, both of the Shift Collaborative creative agency, on Tuesday enjoy the ocean creatures they helped make from drinking straws and other reclaimed plastic waste. Their work is part of the newly unveiled “Straw Forward” art installation on at the Carnegie Science Center on the North Shore. It is made from more than 25,000 straws collected by Shift Collaborative and the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Program from 37 participating restaurants and businesses and trash pulled from the rivers during cleanups. The temporary exhibit is to spark discussion about single-use plastic waste and other pollution in a world where only a small fraction of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics produced in the past six decades has been recycled.