One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

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One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

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One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

Miranda Paul (Author)
Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)

Hardcover
Publication Date: 02/01/2015
Themes: Africa, African Culture, Recycling, Pollution
Age: 6-9 years old

 

Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag became two. Then ten. Then a hundred.

The bags accumulated in ugly heaps alongside roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. Some bags were burned, leaving behind a terrible smell. Some were buried, but they strangled gardens. They killed livestock that tried to eat them. Something had to change.

Isatou Ceesay was that change. She found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person's actions really can make a difference in our world.

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About the Illustrator

“Elizabeth’s childhood in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), West Africa, featured an everyday life filled with tropical colors and patterns. Now living in Albany, NY, she is happy to help bring inspiring stories from Africa like Isatou’s to the world. Every story is an opportunity to let those bright tropical colors burst onto the page as paint, paper, fabric, and in this case, plastic bags! Using plastic bags in her artwork gave Elizabeth the opportunity to play, experiment, and think about other reusable materials she might make art with in the future. You can learn more about her at www.Lizzunon.com ”

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