Tidal Shift at Westwood Public Library

Tidal Shift Installation at Westwood Public Library (photo: Tricia Perry)

Participants of all ages joined the Tidal Shift workshop on Saturday at the Westwood Public Library. We created over 30 jellyfish from used plastic-bags and used fishing line. Come see the Tidal Shift installation in the main atrium of the library in support of the Westwood Bring Your Own Bag Month. Take a closer look at the plastic bag jellyfish and see how plastic bags appear to be the choice food of sea turtles up close, then walk up the stair to follow the school of jellyfish as they float up to the second floor.

Choosing reusable bags instead of plastic bags is one simple way to help keep plastic pollution out of our environment and oceans – learn more with our TidalShiftPresentation

Tidal Shift Workshop (photo credit: Claudia Paraschiv)

Westwood Environmental Action Committee (WEAC) and the Westwood Select Board have designated May as Westwod’s official Bring Your Own Bag Month. Say “no” to single-use plastic and paper bags, bring reusable bags instead when you shop. It’s a simple way to save trees and keep plastic bags out of the oceans!

Tidal Shift Installation at Westwood Public Library (photo credit: Claudia Paraschiv)

Contact us to bring Tidal Shift to your community in support of Plastic Ban Legislation and Plastic Pollution Education.

Join an April workshop!

Tidal Shift workshops at Coast to Coast Paddle, Chive Events, Cabot Street Books, Ladies Entrance Art Studio, and the weekly Monday workshops at Waring School Downtown – a big thank you to all of our wonderful hosts!

So far, we have about 70 jellyfish hand made by the Beverly community from used plastic bags. We’re hoping for about 150 for the installation during Beverly Arts Festival – so come help us make a big impact! Each jellyfish is made from an average of 10 single-use plastic grocery bags, although we use a wide variety of single-use plastic bag types: newspaper bags, cereal liners, produce bags, bread and veggie bags, frozen food bags, and anything you can ultimately braid!

A lot of conversation is happening about what more we can do since banning single-use point-of-purchase bags is a great start, but just the beginning. What is your vision for a more plastic-free world?

Join an upcoming workshop!

We have lots of workshops in April at local establishments throughout Beverly from shops to artists studios and churches – drop on in! Check out the CALENDAR for more updated workshops.

Tidal Shift Beverly

Imagined view of Tidal Shift canopy in Beverly’s Ellis Square

In collaboration with City Councilor Estelle Rand and the Bring Your Own Bag Beverly Ad Hoc Committee, Tidal Shift is beginning an educational campaign around a eliminating single-use plastic bags in Beverly, MA.

Tidal Shift is a community project that communicates the negative impact of plastic bag pollution in our oceans through large scale participatory public art installations. The project is an artful communication and educational tool as North Shore communities rally to adopt positive legislation to reduce single-use plastic bags.

BYOB Beverly Ad Hoc Committee presents at Beverly City Hall in support of single-use plastic bag legislation

While a lot of behind-the-scenes preparation has been happening for months, the public launch officially at Beverly City Hall on January 16th where the Ad Hoc Committee presented the many reasons to adopt new legislation to eliminate single use plastic bags in the city.

Local students and Change is Simple showcase plastic waste through art-making to support BYOB Beverly’s plans for legislation eliminating single-use plastic bags.

At this point, 61 Massachusetts cities, including Boston, have adopted plastic-bag reduction legislation. On the North Shore, Beverly would join many communities that have a integrated relationship with the water on their shores. Tidal Shift will conduct workshops for all ages during the next few months leading up to Arts Fest Beverly.

The project showcases a canopy of jellyfish made from used plastic bags to illustrate how marine life “sees” plastic bag pollution as food. This leads to the widespread ingestion of harmful plastic by sea creatures.

Tidal Shift jellyfish are easy and fun to create at workshops for all ages, at different venues in town from libraries and schools to cafés, restaurants, and shops. The community helps to create the canopy as they learn about the reasons for reducing single-use plastic bags in our community and oceans. Stay tuned for workshop times and locations!

Tidal Shift Salem

photo by John Andrews, Creative Salem

TidalShift is up for The Salem Arts Festival in Salem MA supporting the City’s Plastic Bag Ban that commences on Jan 1, 2018. The statewide ban is almost here too! Join in for no plastic!

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