Interesting how this points to what art does not have to be - beautiful, useful,
saleable, take-home-and-put-on-my wall-able. It really doesn't have to
be anything to be art.
When we were teaching children to re-use and recycle stuff to make art,
they still ended up making objects that were potential pollution.
Unless it was so precious that their parents wanted to hang on to it
and display it indefinitely, it still ended up in the garbage, and it was just
the process of creativity that was important.
A friend in Canada is resolving this issue with a show of art that
will biodegrade very quickly - quite different than using plastic that will
take a long time to break down; however, the plastic is there already and exists
because of our 'needs' re consumption and convenience.
No judgement here, it's just interesting.