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Im Not a Plastic Bag Based on the real life occurrence of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch a gigantic island of floating trash in a remote area of the Northern Pacific Ocean I'm Not a Plastic Bag tells a moving story about loneliness beauty and humankind's connection to our planet Produced in conjunction with American Forests and the Global ReLeaf programs Archaia will plant two trees for each tree used in the manufacturing of this book This is presented in partnership with JeffCorwinConnect a global ecological educational and entertainment multimedia company launched by Jeff Corwin the popular wildlife expert and nature conservationist

10 thoughts on “Im Not a Plastic Bag

  1. says:

    Hate me if you will but every time I see this I think of the Maelstrom on AzerothPropaganda is generally seen as an aesthetically loathsome use of artistic mediums Overt manipulation overrides the creative impulse Works find themselves too much vessels for an ideology and too little vehicles for the spark of imagination Red Dawn Left Behind His Dark Materials The Patriot these each are successful in rallying the ideologically sympathetic but will never be known for their artistic achievement Certainly bald faced propaganda is widely valued for its kitsch and is often cheered for ironic purposes—but for the most part critics can't tolerate the stuffPart of the problem is that by cloaking agenda in the guise of the arts propaganda generates an air of dishonesty Rather than simply laying out the claims of a position and allowing it to be tried before the juries of reason and rationality propaganda tries to cloak its propositions in attire meant to evoke emotional responses designed to bypass the guardians of the mind In hoping to arouse a response built on the passions such works seek to hide their ideology's weaknesses making it hard to trust them on any levelSo I'm Not a Plastic Bag does something interesting right up front to help diffuse any threat of mistrust All over the packaging is a bit of dual branding advertising publication by both Archaia and Jeff Corwin Connect That's curious enough to merit some poking around on the part of most readers—or at least a glance at the introduction penned by Jeff Corwin himself I was unfamiliar with both Corwin and Connect but even a brief scan of those first pages or of the several pages of appendices reveals that I'm Not a Plastic Bag is concerned to significant degree with ecological matters I considered myself fairly warned and proceeded recognizing that I would be taking part in a book that would probably try to sell me pretty hard on the importance of both environmental cognizance and an individual's appropriate response to that awarenessThe strange thing is that Corwin's introduction had me overestimating how much overt ideological passion I would have to confront across the following pages In fact I'm Not a Plastic Bag does so little moralizing of its circumstantial ideal that I probably wouldn't have even seen it as propaganda at all had I not been warned that it might be Certainly Rachel Hope Allison's book presumes a number of distasteful environmental realities but none of these are arguable in any appreciable manner The existence of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch only takes a brief survey of Google Images to confirm—unlike the struggle between Communism vs Capitalism Just War Theory vs Pacifism or Edward vs Jacob In truth anything that could be considered remotely propagandish is found in the foreword and afterward where environmental concerns and calls for action are spelled out for readers Allison's story itself seems to be unconcerned with these things—if not in some ways at odds with them Hi there I'm Not a Plastic Bag is the mostly wordless story of one particular Clump of garbage as it floats along trapped in the middle of the Pacific It gradually grows in stature but finds itself made lonely by its very nature Allison uses some of the detritus our Clump accumulates to help it demonstrate personality—after all if the Clump is in some sense our own creation then it plausibly ought to reflect its creators In the midst of its loneliness the Clump seeks out friendship with local sea life and I'm Not a Plastic Bag is the story of how that clump fares in its uestIt's a short but genial story and one sometimes beautifully illustrated Allison uses presumably a mix of illustration painting and photoshopping to bring her story to the page Her techniue is worthwhile and the book features a large number of double page spreads giving Allison's canvases room to breathe The choice of presenting her narrative without word balloons may have been the right one allowing the trash to speak for itself but the absence of dialogical exposition does result in a climax that is difficult to pin down exactly The story's closing ambiguity is what may leave the reader wondering how exactly the graphic novel portion of I'm Not a Plastic Bag lines up with the environmental purpose of its spelled out bookends After all the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is by every estimation I've seen a Bad Thing but I'm Not a Plastic Bag's intentional conceit is to give the Patch a heart making it a sympathetic figure capable of beauty and wonder She accomplishes this well—there are moments where readers may feel sorry for the Clump Still while I found rendering trash in the role of protagonist a curious choice for an environmentally concerned book just making readers aware of these garbage laden gyres may be enough to prompt responsible living Review courtesy of Good Ok Bad

  2. says:

    How much plastic do we use in a day? How much is thrown away? Where does it end up? This thought provoking and wonderfully illustrated little graphic novel is something we all can use as we go about our daily lives Inspired by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch a real life phenomenon the author envisions a sentient flotilla of garbage that keeps getting added to as people carelessly throw away or lose plastic items that wind up like so much of it does in the ocean Plastics waste and usage is something that me and you and just about everyone needs to work on There are plastic things I use and it doesn't even register that they are unnecessary and wasteful A section at the back offers upbeat suggestions on ways to reduce our plastics output Unfortunately with the COVID 19 crisis we are no longer allowed to use our reusable bags at the store but hopefully it will be safe to do so again soon Unfortunately but perhaps not surprisingly the tips section misses a huge and avoidable source of ocean plastics pollution The biggest plastics polluter in the world's oceans? Not plastic straws but abandoned fishing industry euipment A suggestion to reduce or eliminate fish and wild caught shrimp which creates the most by kill of all in our diets would be entirely appropriate and helpful in this section

  3. says:

    While beautifully drawn I found that the plot of this book made me feel that I was rooting for the garbage which I don't think was the purpose of the bookTold wordlessly the garbage patch uses the garbage within it to form eyes a tire and an umbrella and a mouth which gaps to reveal words 'Hello' or 'Come In We're Open'The garbage patch is lonely and wants friends and since the garbage path is polluting the ocean and killing sea life that seems a counter intuitive story line for the bookI wish the author had made the garbage a little less sympatheticAnd no the end did not redeem this flaw for me

  4. says:

    Story 2 starsArt 4 starsWordless children's graphic novel about the issue of garbage dumps accumulating in our oceans There's not a lot of plot here and what exists is difficult to discern especially in the last couple chapters Is the bird who flew off with the plastic bag dead in chapter five? And what exactly happens to the huge trash island in the end? Did it become a cloud? Or a constellation? And where did all the trash go? Is it now polluting the air rather than the water? As you can see I have a lot of uestions that the book doesn't answerBut I'm a huge proponent of recycling and cleaning up the environment So the last four double page spreads contain vital information that for me make the book worthwhile Those pages include an explanation of the very real Great Pacific Garbage Patch out at sea a list of the Top Ten Items Found in Ocean Debris photos and descriptions of several Threatened Marine Wildlife and a list of suggested ways we can all help reduce the trash that collects so rapidly in our environmentIllustrations are lovely Those clouds are luscious Clever visual anthropomorphizing of the trash heap

  5. says:

    Well basically this story is about how the effects of trash in the ocean affect the animals and water It creates a creature who is made of a trash pile and their travels across the ocean That creature shows human like characteristics by showing signs that say greetings and such For example it said Attention Thank You and Goodbye A seagull is attracted to the trash and flies away but then comes back and it shows a panel with a dead seagull I'm not entirely sure what that meant but many seagulls come by and carry the trash pile away from the ocean while saying Thank You and then the story ends The important symbols were that the trash pile symbolized a person showing that it was born because of humans That is true because we are literally polluting the world with trash and other unnecessary things The art style is very mucky and that is probably on purpose to show the dirtiness of the world or trash I recommend this book to people who want to help clean the earth and to be informed of our effects

  6. says:

    I’m not a plastic bag is about a storm that takes a bunch of trash and makes an island of garbage in the ocean The trash is personified and is lonely The trash is left alone all by itself and is eventually thrown up into the sky and turns into a cloud I did enjoy the book but it was a little hard to understand what was happening The trash island get sad thought out the story It is lonely and wants friends It is eventually happy when it becomes a cloud I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a wordless book

  7. says:

    Lovely article about this book over at Treehugger In the middle of the ocean all alone save for visiting sea birds and a giant suid wanders the Great Pacific Garbage Patch the sad monster protagonist of this charming yet profound graphic novelPlus The book will debut Archaia’s fabulous new printing initiative in conjunction with Global PSD Through the efforts of American Forests and the Global ReLeaf Program for each tree that is cut down for the printing of I’m Not a Plastic Bag two trees will be planted

  8. says:

    First off the art is terrific Very fluid and with lots of texture and depth Loved it Secondly I don't know if this would have worked as well without the back matter explanation of the Pacific Garbage Patch resources on what the impact of garbage is to animals and wildlife Which then I uestion does the graphic novel portion stand by itself And I'm not sure if there is enough to say yes I think had it been informational rather than emotional it might have worked better I felt the story did not have the emotional impact it could have if the story had not simplified the real devestation that this problem causes It was a little too pat for me But again great art and a good companion title for a unit on ecology issues and the enviornment

  9. says:

    Interesting but confusing Could be a good tie in to our fifth grade trash power curricular unit particularly to launch discussions but the story trajectory was not entirely clear While I get that there is art and allegory here the last vignette doesn't make sense i like the rustic recycled style hardcover but I'm concerned that it won't hold up to K 5 borrowing I'm curious as to whether it is actually a green design or just for aesthetics but I didn't find any info about it in the text

  10. says:

    I don't get the ending necessarily I'm a bit of a literalist so all I can think is now the garbage is in the sky? The anthropomorphism of a pile of trash into something with a heart is an interesting one and I get the whole I'm trying to fit in but ultimately don't belong approach It's just the ending that has me puzzled But how many other ways can you end when you begin with that? Ultimately the awareness that such a pile of trash exists is enough to start a conversation around it

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