Angela Haseltine Pozzi's life changed when her husband passed away. To heal, she visited her local Oregonian beach daily. But something wasn't right. She realized she was stepping over garbage instead of the pristine sands. The oceanside view was tainted by human pollution.
That moment was Angela's calling. As an artist, she was already sculpting pieces. But the vision to re-design plastic pollution into the form of sea animals excited her. Soon, she was collecting scraps and debris of plastic from beaches in the tiny town of Bandon, Oregon.
The good word got out, and now today, she never has to organize beach clean-ups. The town of Bandon has collectively come together to collect the pollution and drop it off at her processing facility.
Plastic pollution has devastating impacts on our ocean environments. Microplastics, a form of small particle plastics, has even been found in the fish foods we eat.
"Washed Ashore," made by Pozzi, is on display at the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington, DC.