Thurs 3/21, 7pm
Bryant Holsenbeck discusses her book The Last Straw: A Continuing Quest for Life without Disposable Plastic
For over twenty years, environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck has been concerned about all the trash we throw “away.” Understanding that there is no “away,” she began to educate herself and others about all the disposable plastics covering the earth and piling up in landfills locally and globally. She began saying NO to single-use plastic and set out to spend a year living without it. Along the way, she found an amazing variety of alternatives.
In The Last Straw, she tells the story of how she learned to live differently, to become more aware of the world around her, and to understand more about plastic and its impact on us and our environment. The book is based on the blog she wrote during the year she lived without single-use plastic.
The Last Straw provides reflections on environmental initiatives, tips for living with a reduced plastic footprint, and artistic inspiration for the journey.
Bryant spoke with Frank Stasio on WUNC radio's The State of Things on Friday, March 1. Listen to their conversation here.
Bryant Holsenbeck is an environmental artist based in Durham, NC. She is known locally and internationally and makes art out of stuff people usually throw “away.” Understanding that “away” is not a magic place but only out of sight, she resolved to create beauty out of trash. She has been making art out of recycled materials ever since, in an attempt to draw people’s attention to how much we throw away and to encourage individuals and communities to be better stewards of the environment. See: www.bryantholsenbeck.com.