It’s 2022 and this bottle is 0.0% disintegrated

Congratulations! You just scrolled through 450 YEARS
A bottle made in 2022 disintegrates in 2472
Though its pieces
will never biodegrade
(even if it’s recycled)
Close up of an hand with hundreds of specs of microplastics
While we’re on the subject,
did you know…
200 YEARS
Silhouetted single plastic white straw with red stripes
500 YEARS
Silhouetted pink plastic laundry detergent bottle
1000 YEARS
Silhouetted hand holding an ink jet printer cartridge
    NEVER    
Open cardboard box filled with white styrofoam packing peanuts

I hear you! But what can I actually do?

Fight Back!

I’ll be releasing 100% biodegradable “450 YRS” stickers in mid 2022 to tell companies we need better options!

A 1.25 inch sticker on a Poland Spring bottle that says: 'This plastic will exist for at least 450 years. Tag this company on social media and tell them we need better options.''
A 1.25 inch sticker on a Tide bottle that says: 'This plastic will exist for at least 450 years. Tag this company on social media and tell them we need better options.'
A 1.25 inch sticker on a Windex bottle that says: 'This plastic will exist for at least 450 years. Tag this company on social media and tell them we need better options.'
A mockup of a roughly 30 1.25 inch stickers on a single sheet that say: 'This plastic will exist for at least 450 years. Tag this company on social media and tell them we need better options.'

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Credits

Concept/Design/Development

Eric Corriel

Eric is a public installation artist living in New York City where he teaches art and activism at School of Visual Arts.

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Human Impacts Institute Environmental Fellow and Collaborator

Lisa Bloodgood

Director of Advocacy & Education, Newtown Creek Alliance

Video of the project projected on the Manhattan Bridge at night. Video contents: 'It is the year 2215, Water Wars sprout up everywhere
Message In A Bottle was projected on the Manhattan Bridge as part of the 2021 Creative Climate Awards.

Awesome institutions without which this would have never been done

Human Impacts Institute logo

I have worked with Human Impacts Institute since 2018 and this project is a product of their Artist Impact Fellowship, which I was fortunate to be a part of in 2021. In short, HII believes the arts play a critical role in advancing society towards a more just, equal, and beautiful future and have been working towards those goals since 2011.

Newtown Creek Alliance logo

In 2021, I teamed up Lisa Bloodgood at Newtown Creek Alliance as part of Human Impact Institute’s Artist Impact Fellowship. Located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; NCA is engaged in restoring and revitalizing neighborhoods surrounding Newtown Creek. They also have a beautiful rooftop garden, which I highly recommend visiting.

NYC Department of Sanitation logo

NYC Department of Sanitation was very gracious in offering me a ride-along during one of their garbage and recycling pickups in Greenpoint, Brooklyn–the first time I ever had to be at a 5:30AM meeting!

Waste Management logo

I am thankful to Waste Management for organizing a visit to their Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Philadelphia, PA. The amount of sorting and recycling they do on a daily basis is astounding.

Thank you for making your photos free for me to use and adapt

Open-source software without which this website would have taken ten million times longer to make

No plastic bottles were purchased in the making of this website

You might also like Eric’s Gyre installation, which puts on display all the plastic he consumed in a single year.

A video version of this website is available on YouTube and Vimeo.