In 17th Century Dutch still life paintings, fruits and vegetables often represented the briefness of life, as they naturally ripen and perish relatively quickly. In the 21st Century, it has become the norm in food production and retail to manipulate the ripening, in order to present perfect and conveniently ready specimens of produce which are wrapped in seductive, 'protective' plastic to further appeal to the discerning consumer. How has society come to rely upon plastic so heavily? Plastic pollution is one of our planets’ main environmental issues; over 8 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the ocean each year, polluting our waterways and causing harm to our wildlife. Manufactures and business urgently need to act in reducing unnecessary plastic waste such as over-packaging of fruits and vegetables.
Callum Bithell • Hollie Cornish • Ceri Davies • Hannah Gross • Leah Hammond-Clay • Victoria Mann • Amy Telfer • Chelsea Walton • Lucy Webster • Bethany Willows •