Oregon nonprofit that turns trash into art lands permanent display in Smithsonian museum

The nonprofit Washed Ashore creates artwork out of beach trash to inspire people to reduce plastic pollution.

BANDON, Ore. — An Oregon nonprofit that’s on a mission to bring awareness to plastic pollution by turning trash into treasure has landed a permanent display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Based in the coastal town of Bandon, Ore., the environmental nonprofit Washed Ashore has processed more than 37,000 tons of plastic from Oregon’s beaches, and it has used some of that waste to create 87 works of art.

Katie Dougherty, executive director of Washed Ashore, creates sculptures made entirely from debris that has washed

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