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Artist uses 60,000 leftover plastic straws for huge DXB installation

There is a drastic plastic art installation in Dubai International Airport and needless to say, it’s fantastic. As the tide begins to turn on plastic, this enormous sculpture called Last Straw draws attention to the issue of protecting our Earth.

The huge piece has been made from more than 60,000 single-use plastic straws – many of which would typically end up in landfill. Instead, Costa Coffee UAE switched the straws for environmentally-friendly ones and upcycled the disposable and damaging plastic ones.

Artist Mariska Nell created the dramatic piece, which sits in Arrivals, Terminal 3, and aims to encourage passengers to commit to making those all-important first steps towards change and recycling.

It’s another initiative of Costa’s to help curb customers’ use of plastic – don’t forget to grab your free coffee or find out how to save off every cup. Shemaine Jones, Head of Marketing at Costa Coffee UAE, said: “The food and drink industry is really waking up to the threat of plastic on the world’s environment and we as a company are committed to making changes to ensure a more sustainable offering.

“We commissioned Mariska to create the globe art installation using our old plastic straws to creatively highlight the vast use of plastic we are ridding from our stores and make travellers in the airport stop and think about their own sustainability efforts.

“While we are making a lot of changes, these are still only the first steps in a long-term strategy to overhaul our environmental practices and we look forward to joining together with our customers to reduce global waste.”

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