MOAB, UT. -- The Peace On Earth movement has inspired seven benches to be made around the world so far. Members say the goal is 1,000. But they say most importantly they want people to respect the environment.
"It's transforming waste into an artistic community gathering space," Peace On Earth Bench Movement founder Brennan Bird said.
Two non profit groups are creating a unique art project in Moab: They are making the world's seventh Peace On Earth Bench. "
This is a 20 ounce plastic soda bottle that has been stuffed with plastic trash until it becomes so compressed it's like a brick," Bird said. "So when they're done it'll be a bench that has effectively sealed the trash from entering the environment."
And holding all the bottles together is a mixture called cobb. "
That's a natural building material. It's a mixture of clay, sand and straw and when you mix it all together with water and get it to the right ratio it can be used as a natural cement to build the structure," Bird said.
Pick Up America is the nation's first coast to coast road side litter pick up team. It's objective is to encourage a zero waste policy through art, education and community outreach.
"We want to see a future where we aren't producing waste that's going to pile up in landfills, get burned, or end up in our rivers and oceans," Pick Up American Co-Founder Davey Roger said.
Now in their third and final year of the campaign, members say the group could not think of a better way to demonstrate it's mission than building these benches. "
Since starting in March of 2010 we've picked up 152 thousand pounds of litter. That's 72 tons over 21 hundred miles to encourage this transition towards zero waste in our country," Roger said.
"With a lot of people power, a lot of community effort, you can build a peace on earth bench relatively quickly," Bird said.
The groups are hoping to finish the bench next Sunday.
Pick Up America will then hit the road for their final leg of traveling. They are planning to finish their journey around Halloween in San Francisco but want to build three more benches before they wrap up.