BAG MONSTER U.S. Tour

September 18, 2010, 5:33 pm
Source: Bag Monster Blog
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The bag monster positioned on top of a 3 food pedestal and surrounded by a sea of plastic bags which represent the average amount of plastic bags a single person will go through in their lifetime.

Who Is the Bag Monster?

We know that single-use bags are easy to spoof since they're such a bad idea, so ChicoBag™ company invented Bag Monsters®. ChicoBag™ inventor, Andy Keller, had been using a huge ball of 500 plastic bags to show people at farmer's market how many plastic bags an average American uses yearly - and one day he decided to wear it. Thus was the spawning of the first Bag Monster® (costume that is).

The Bag Monster® is a costume worn by your volunteer to visually show the impact single-use plastic bags have on our environment. These flighty bags end up in trees, along roadsides and washed up on sea shores. Each costume is decked out with 500 plastic bags, the average amount an American uses in one year.



You can remind your community about the Bag Monsters® that could be growing under the sink or in their kitchen drawers! Bag Monster® suits are the perfect satirical, educational tool for teachers, activists and anyone looking to educate their community about the importance of reuse. Contact bagmonster@chicobag.com to invite the Bag Monster® to your event!

ABOUT THE TOUR: Starting in 2005, Andy Keller had been using a huge ball of 500 - 700 plastic bags to show people at farmer's market how many plastic bags an average American uses yearly - and one day he decided to wear it. Thus was the spawning of the first Bag Monster (costume that is). This summer he's decided to embark on a national tour setting up in city after city across America to educate communities about the harms of single-use bags. His display has grown and now represents a single person's lifetime consumption of 45,000 bags.

WHO:
Andy Keller - Artist, activist and entrepreneur, as the Bag Monster.

WHAT: Don't Feed the Monster! The Bag Monster costume is a costume worn by Andy Keller that features 500 - 700 single-use plsatic bags, the average amount of plastic bags one person uses in one year in America. The bags have been attached to a single jumpsuit with Velcro. Andy will be positioned on top of a 3 food pedestal and surrounded by a sea of plastic bags which represent the average amount of plastic bags a single person will go through in their lifetime, approximately 45,000 plastic bags. Each bag used in this demonstration was collected by Andy Keller and has been previously used. No new bags were used to create this display. There will be educational signage surrounding Andy and the sea of bags. The public will be encouraged to ask Andy questions and interact with the display. Andy is based out of Chico, CA and will be taking this display across the country, setting up in as many cities as possible to create national awareness of the harms of single-use plastic bags. The display is estimated to take up approximately 900 square feet.



WHEN: Andy will kick off his tour in San Francisco, CA on August 12, 2010. From there the cross-country tour will take approximately 30 days.

WHERE: The tour will be stopping in major cities nationwide. Check out the Don't Feed the Monster! map to follow the tour.

WHY:With California Bill, AB 1998 (a bill to ban plastic bags in California) making headway through the legislature Bag Monster is packing his bags - pun intended - and heading out across the country.

 

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(2010). BAG MONSTER U.S. Tour. Retrieved from http://www.trunity.net/upcycling/view/article/158586

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