When Shani Nottingham noticed how much bread packaging her family was throwing out, she decided to put them to use.
When Australian visual artist and teacher Shani Nottingham noticed how much bread packaging her family was throwing out, she decided to put them to use in her work, to create awareness of the environment and the importance of recycling.
She also reached out to friends and family to send their used bread clips to her and as her project developed she has been inundated with bread tags sent to her from all over the world.
Watch the video now to see this amazing recycled bread tag art.
Shani joined The Morning Show from her home in Cowra and recalled how the project began with her collecting discarded bread clips and putting them into jars.
“I’m an artist and I love colour, I started looking at these colours and thinking ‘these are actually quite pretty, could I do something creative with those?’
“And I wondered what other colours there are. So I did that thing where you go down that Google rabbit-hole of research and I started to read about how bad they were for the environment … very hard to recycle.
“I thought that’s interesting, but not so great, I come from a family of environmentalists and people who care about the environment.
“When you’re lying in bed or you’re driving and you have those moments where ideas merge together and I thought, hold on a second I could use my art to draw attention to how bad these single-use plastics are,” Shani said.
After initially asking friends and family to help supply her with bread tags, Shani revealed that once her plea for more tags went viral she now has literally millions of them in her home.
“I have a whole room of my house full of bread tags.
“I now get packages (of tags) from all around the world, I probably get several packages every day … so far I’ve got around 20 different countries that have sent me things, it’s really amazing,” she said.
Shani has already held a number of exhibitions and has some further installations planned for the coming year.
If you would like to send some used bread tags to help her continue her work you can post them to The Bread Tag Project, 30 Lachlan Street Cowra, NSW 2794.