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Washed Ashore Project highlights plastic pollution crisis

Eleven years ago, artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi established Washed Ashore; her work is now on exhibit at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Inspired by her love of the ocean, Pozzi was genuinely saddened by what she had been finding washed up on beaches that she had walked her entire life.

It seemed that plastic pollution was everywhere she looked. Something terrible was happening.

Pozzi was a teacher for 30 years and had been working as an exhibiting artist working with found objects. She decided to use her talent for teaching and creating art to establish a non-profit called Washed Ashore—Art to Save the Sea.

She wanted to involve her community and try to raise awareness about the problem of plastic pollution in the ocean in a way that people couldn’t ignore.

Realizing that people were oblivious to the problem and stepping over the plastic refuse without noticing what was going on, Pozzi was determined to spark an awareness of the growing issue and motivate people to make ...

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