Photos: New York pop-up store stocks satirical takes on plastic waste

New York, like cities around the world finds itself tacking plastic waste and is gearing up to implement a statewide ban on shopping bags from October 19 as a measure to mitigate the amount of plastic waste generated. Coinciding with the ban coming into effect is Brooklyn artist Robin Frohardt’s Plastic Bag Store installation --a pop-up store where products made entirely of plastic bags line the shelves to raise awareness of the material's environmental issues.

Updated On Oct 18, 2020 05:58 PM IST
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A man walks past the Plastic Bag Store, a pop-up to raise awareness of the environmental issues with plastics in Times Square, New York on October 16. The Plastic Bag Store is set to open to the public on October 22, on the heels of a fresh statewide ban in New York on the use of plastic bags that comes into effect on October 19 after delays due to litigation and Covid-19. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 05:58 PM IST

A man walks past the Plastic Bag Store, a pop-up to raise awareness of the environmental issues with plastics in Times Square, New York on October 16. The Plastic Bag Store is set to open to the public on October 22, on the heels of a fresh statewide ban in New York on the use of plastic bags that comes into effect on October 19 after delays due to litigation and Covid-19. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

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Grocery produce made entirely of plastic bags stocked at the Plastic Bag Store in New York City on October 16. The store’s shelves are lined with grocery, rows of soda drinks and cartons of everyday items. But a closer look at the boxes of sushi rolls and cereal reveals labels such as ‘plastic bagacado roll,’ ‘Yucky Shards,’ and ‘Caps N’ Such.’ (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 05:58 PM IST

Grocery produce made entirely of plastic bags stocked at the Plastic Bag Store in New York City on October 16. The store’s shelves are lined with grocery, rows of soda drinks and cartons of everyday items. But a closer look at the boxes of sushi rolls and cereal reveals labels such as ‘plastic bagacado roll,’ ‘Yucky Shards,’ and ‘Caps N’ Such.’ (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

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Bottles of “100% polluted spring water” pictured at the Plastic Bag Store on October 16. The pop-up art installation in the heart of Times Square is meant to raise environmental awareness, coinciding with New York State’s ban on all plastic carry-out bags. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 05:58 PM IST

Bottles of “100% polluted spring water” pictured at the Plastic Bag Store on October 16. The pop-up art installation in the heart of Times Square is meant to raise environmental awareness, coinciding with New York State’s ban on all plastic carry-out bags. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

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A worker looks at products at the Plastic Bag Store on October 16. “There are humorous and satirical takes on everyday products that highlight the amount of waste that we’re using, and the environmental problems related,” Brooklyn artist and creator of The Plastic Bag Store, Robin Frohardt told Reuters. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 05:58 PM IST

A worker looks at products at the Plastic Bag Store on October 16. “There are humorous and satirical takes on everyday products that highlight the amount of waste that we’re using, and the environmental problems related,” Brooklyn artist and creator of The Plastic Bag Store, Robin Frohardt told Reuters. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

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Products made entirely of plastic bags are pictured at the Plastic Bag Store on October 16. “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 make you think a little bit about what’s happening to the planet and the packaging situation,” Frohardt said. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 05:58 PM IST

Products made entirely of plastic bags are pictured at the Plastic Bag Store on October 16. “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 make you think a little bit about what’s happening to the planet and the packaging situation,” Frohardt said. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

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Products made entirely of plastic bags are pictured at the Plastic Bag Store on October 16. Beginning October 19, all plastic bags will be banned throughout the entirety of New York state, where, according to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, more than 23 billion plastic bags are used each year. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 05:58 PM IST

Products made entirely of plastic bags are pictured at the Plastic Bag Store on October 16. Beginning October 19, all plastic bags will be banned throughout the entirety of New York state, where, according to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, more than 23 billion plastic bags are used each year. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

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A cold cuts platter made entirely of plastic bags pictured at the Plastic Bag Store on October 16. The ban, aimed at preventing single-use plastic bags from clogging landfills and littering parks and waterways, was supposed to begin March 1 but was postponed because of the pandemic. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 05:58 PM IST

A cold cuts platter made entirely of plastic bags pictured at the Plastic Bag Store on October 16. The ban, aimed at preventing single-use plastic bags from clogging landfills and littering parks and waterways, was supposed to begin March 1 but was postponed because of the pandemic. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

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A cake made entirely of plastic bags with a message that is usually printed on plastic shopping bags handed out at stores currently, pictured at the Plastic Bag Store on October 16. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 05:58 PM IST

A cake made entirely of plastic bags with a message that is usually printed on plastic shopping bags handed out at stores currently, pictured at the Plastic Bag Store on October 16. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

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A man stands outside the Plastic Bag Store, in Times Square, New York on October 16. The pop-up will be open for three weeks, when visitors can browse the art installation in small groups in hour-long intervals. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 18, 2020 05:58 PM IST

A man stands outside the Plastic Bag Store, in Times Square, New York on October 16. The pop-up will be open for three weeks, when visitors can browse the art installation in small groups in hour-long intervals. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

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