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Thank you so much to all the students who submitted entries to our Plastic Pollution Earth Day 2020 Poster Contest. We were impressed and inspired by your creativity and your passion for our environment.

The many excellent posters we received made it difficult for our judges to make a decision but they managed to narrow their choices down to eight finalists from which they chose our three winners, Athena Tumbelekis from Geneva, NY 9 (ages 5-9); Artley Whipple from Orinda, CA (ages 10-13); and Rachel Huang from Flushing, NY (ages 14-18).

Each winner will receive a $100 check and a plastic-free starter kit filled to help reduce the amount of single-use plastic used in their households.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you again to all of our entrants for joining us in the fight to reduce plastic pollution!

“Save the Earth” by Athena Tumbelekis, age 9, from Geneva, NY

Winner, Athena Tumbelekis with her poster.

“I was inspired because there is a lot of plastic in the ocean, and the plastic hurts the animals and the water,” said Tumbelekis.

Athena Tumbelekis’s winning poster.

“Planet Not Plastic” by Artley Whipple, age 10, from Orinda, CA

Winner, Artley Whipple with his poster.

“I feel really strongly that this plastic problem is extremely big,” said Whipple. “I really love animals; I have also been to some of the climate change protests in San Francisco. The reason I did my poster like this is that pretty soon the earth is going to literally be covered in plastic, and there would hardly be any room for humans and other animals. Our house— my Mum, Jemima; Dad, Will; Little Brother, Herbie; and my dog, Gabe have been trying to go #PlasticFree, and we all care really strongly about this crisis.”

Artley Whipple’s winning poster.

“This is Where Plastic Is” by Rachel Huang, age 17, from Flushing, NY

Winner, Rachel Huang with her poster.

“I made this poster in hopes of spreading awareness about the effect of plastic pollution on marine wildlife. I decided to create a portrait of a sea turtle in pointillism to illustrate how marine biodiversity is slowly deteriorating due to the surplus of pollution in their habitat,” said Huang. “The sea turtle has a straw in its nose and holds a plastic bag in its mouth, which it assumes is food but, much to its dismay, is not. As opposed to illustrating a traditional shell, I decided to construct the figure of a shell through a pile of single-use plastics much like the ones visible in our waters. In a more lighthearted note, the sea turtle’s name is Tortellini and he carries with him a warning: we can prevent this if we take action.”

Rachel Huang’s winning poster.


Below are the wonderful entries of our five finalists.