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Hong Kong's Plastic Disaster

01 Oct 2013 - 30 Sep 2014

On 25 July 2012, a ship left Hong Kong carrying a cargo of pre-production plastic pellets. The ship left port during Typhoon Vincente, which grew in force to a Typhoon 10.  Somewhere to the East of Hong Kong, six 40 foot containers were lost overboard. The storm was so powerful it destroyed these containers, spilling their contents into Hong Kong waters. Over the following days, 25 kilogram sacks began washing ashore, many of which split open, spilling contents of tiny plastic beads on the beaches of Lantau Island.

This temporary display tells the story of how Hong Kong citizens came together, turning a catastrophe into a story of ingenuity by ordinary citizens to save the environment.