Earth Day: Celebrating Creative Sustainability
Earth Day inspires global cooperation, appreciation, and big thinking—tomorrow, over a billion people will participate in Earth Day activities, from marches and talks to signing campaigns and creative workshops. How will you celebrate?
Earth Day is a great time to think freely and get creative with the resources at hand. The natural world is full of beauty and surprises! Take care to look closely and see something you didn’t notice before. Grab a camera and gawk at natural wonders, climb a tree and draw what you can see, visit the beach and build a sandcastle. The options are endless! We’ll end our day with a sustainable meal – join us! Switch off the lights and enjoy a candlelit dinner (pitch-darkness is also an option, but not if you’re eating soup). Whatever your plans are, pay attention to the world around you – even when you don’t notice, it keeps turning.
In the meantime, get inspired by these Zealous artists’ perspectives on the natural world and how to take care of it, from biodegradable chip containers to photos of the sea.
Mary Ellen Croteau
This Chicago-based visual artist addresses “the absurdities of social norms” with non-recycled plastic waste in an effort to demonstrate the massive amount of rubbish we consume and discard.
Changing the Perception of Recycled Materials
Quazi Design’s artisans create responsible and thoughtful handmade products out of discarded magazines in their Swaziland workshop. Each artisan was previously unemployed and provides for 7 dependants (on average).
Landscape & Nature / Digital & Analog
Thomas is a graphic designer, photographer, videographer, and musician with a background in advertising. His keen eye helps him to capture the perfect moment and edit it to as natural and original state as possible.
Sweet Recycle: Iris
Natalia is an art director, researcher and designer who knows a thing or two about botany. She found this plywood panel on a small London street and painted it with the Flagstaff Irises at Kew Gardens.
Bed of Nails
This design encourages packaging reuse and reduces waste. Luke aimed to create a sense of value in the packaging, depicting the difficulty of throwing away “old but useful” items.
Between Man and Nature
Kevin is a fine art photographer from Connecticut with backgrounds in graphic design and fine art – his work has been described as a cross between surrealism and lyricism.