Bradenton, FL

Plastics Unwrapped

Can you imagine a time when there were no waterproof raincoats? No plastic buckets?

Humans existed without plastics for centuries. Now, we rely on them to meet our basic needs. Plastics help keep us safe and healthy.

They make our daily lives convenient in so many ways, it’s nearly impossible to imagine a world without them.

Before the 1950s, we hardly used plastics. How did they go from being rare to being everywhere? Plastics Unwrapped, a new exhibit atthe South Florida Museum, explores how material culture was changed—rapidly and perhaps permanently—by plastics.

Learn what life was like before plastics, how they are made, why they’re so convenient and beneficial to use, and what happens after we throw them away.

The exhibit explores how plastics have changed the world, through topics ranging from life before plastics to the effects of plastic on our health and the environment. Understand what the recycling numbers mean on plastic items, and learn about promising breakthroughs in science that are changing the role of plastic in our lives.

Plastics were marketed as the “material of the future.” Now, that prediction has come true. They will stay in landfills and oceans for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. In order to counter the impact of plastic waste, we need to rethink our relationship with plastics. Discover how, at Plastics Unwrapped.

Plastics Unwrapped is a traveling exhibit organized by the Burke Museum, University of Washington. The National tour has been generously sponsored by The Boeing Company and the University of Washington.



$5 Non-members
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  • South Florida Museum
  • 201 10th St. W
  • Bradenton, FL 34205
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Name: South Florida Museum Phone: 941-746-4131 ext. 13
Contact South Florida Museum by phone at 941-746-4131 ext. 13 for more information regarding the Plastics Unwrapped Exhibit, South Florida Museum.

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