The Plastic Bag Mandala invites you to weave your used plastic bags into a giant mandala in an effort to help us change our habits and legislation in New York City.
We are a coalition of change-makers who want to end the use of plastic bags in New York. Since September 2011, we have been creating a mandala out of repurposed single-use plastic bags in various locations throughout the city. Our goal is to come together as a community of New Yorkers, shoppers, farmers, and advocates to solve the problem of single-use plastic bags, which negatively impact our health and the environment.
A mandala is a symbolic form that represents the interconnectivity of mind and environment. We chose the shape as a reminder that we are all connected, that we all have a stake in each others’ future well-being. We cannot accomplish our goal without a shift in both our personal consciousness and our social actions.
This interactive mandala is a call to action in which we ask our community members to:
1. Trade their plastic bags for reusable ones
2. Sign a petition promising to use reusable bags
3. Weave a used bag into the mandala
The signed petition will go to the mayor’s office to let our government know that New York is ready for a change!
Participating organizations include:
what moves you?, the Interdependence Project (IDP), Public Project at Pratt, Bags for the People, Grow NYC at the Union Square Greenmarket, Jennie Romer (Founder and Director of plastic bag laws), Clean Seas Coalition, Bag It NYC initiative of the NYC Surfrider Foundation, Green Schools Alliance, and WCPUN In Dialogue: conversations on sustainable development.