Issued on: 19/10/2020 – 18:19
On first sight, it looks like an ordinary supermarket, but on closer inspection, few of the products are likely to tempt buyers, from bottle cap breakfast cereal to sushi made of plastic bags.
The Plastic Bag Store, a supermarket-cum-art installation, opens in New York's Time Square on Thursday, October 22, and aims to highlight the vast amounts of waste produced by packaging and single-use plastics in the food industry.
"The Plastic Bag Store looks like a regular grocery store and it's full of items that seem very familiar. But there are humorous and satirical takes on everyday products that highlight the amount of waste that we're using, and the environmental problems related," artist Robin Frohardt, creator of The Plastic Bag Store, told Reuters.
"And so because The Plastic Bag Store feels like a regular grocery store, I think the next time you go to a grocery store, it might feel like The Plastic Bag Store, and that might make you think a little bit about what's happening to the planet and the packaging situation."
The opening of the store has been timed to coincide with a new plastic bag ban across New York State, where more than 23 billion plastic bags are currently used each year, according to local government figures.