Regardless of your personal levels of eco-consciousness, we can all agree that plastic bags are decidedly un-green. Banning the distribution of plastic bags in stores around the world is a growing movement , and some cities like San Francisco have passed legislation to officially ban them. In a more artistic and conceptual approach to fight the deluge of plastic bags, The London’s Photographers’ Gallery’s current exhibition, The Plastic Bag, asked for public submissions documenting plastic bags around the world. The images are both stunning and frightening in their implications, and act as a social and visual commentary on our ability to consume and dispose.

Archived submissions are available on Photonet – The Plastic Bag Gallery Exhibition is on show until the 2nd of September, 2007, at The Photographers’ Gallery, 5 Great Newport Street, London.

+ The Plastic Bag