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Plastic floatsam and jetsam “Fairy Liquid”

  • Plastic bottle
  • Somerset (Region); England (Region); Großbritannien (Land)
  • 1971 or earlier

The “Plastic Age” began in the wake of economic mobilisation for World War II and was bolstered by a robust postwar consumer culture. Among the material’s positive attributes is the fact that it is lightweight, pliable, waterproof and durable. This longevity is part of a paradox central to the characteristics of plastic materials: They are designed to be incredibly durable as well as easily disposable. Half of all the plastic produced each year is for single-use items. Today some 8 million tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans each year. Over 100,000 marine mammals and 1,000,000 sea birds die annually after becoming injured by plastic or mistaking it for food.

Detailed information

Object type
Plastic bottle
Original title
Strandgut aus Kunststoff „Fairy Liquid“ angeschwemmt an europäischen Küsten
Place of origin
Somerset (Region); England (Region); Großbritannien (Land)
1971 or earlier
Inventory number
Persons / Corporate bodies
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
20,5 x 8,0 x 6,0 cm
Exhibition Format
Rights statement
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Exhibition & Module
H01 Highlights / MG Media Guide / MG Tour 04 Humboldt Lab / HU01 After Nature / MG Tour 05 »Overtexted«. Literature as Intermedial Practice / HU01 02 Main Hall - Modern Cabinet of Curiosities / HU01 02 03 Research Objects
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