Right next to all the good stuff in the Burke Museum is a room full of bad stuff: used plastic, with its adverse impacts on the environment.
The Burke is a museum of cultural and natural history, on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. It is the repository for many of the state's most significant cultural artifacts.
It is also a museum that connects visitors to the world around them. Presently in its changing exhibit hall, plastic is the focus.
Twenty-five cities across the United States, including Seattle, have banned single-use plastic bags. Disposable packaging made of compostable materials is becoming more and more prevalent. An entire industry of reusable water bottles has risen up in opposition to disposable plastic water bottles.