7 Drawings Of Animals Channel One Artist’s Rage Over Environmental Waste

Think twice before you litter.

It only took a hike through nature to inspire Lithuanian artist Egle Plytnikaite's illustration project about pollution's effect on animals.

"While doing that, I couldn't help but notice how much garbage we, humans, are leaving everywhere," she told A Plus in an email. "And it's not only in the cities, we bring them to the wilderness and leave them as traps for the animals." 

Her project, titled Garbage Couture, is Plytnikaite's portrayal of the physical harm garbage can cause for animals. Pollution kills over a million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals each year, according to DoSomething.org.

But Plytnikaite's illustrations include animals in the wilderness that suffer the same consequences.  

The inspiration behind the name Garbage Couture "is a little mockery of human race, who manage to create stunning and delicate haute couture fashion pieces but are not able to deal with their garbage," she said.

This isn't the first time Plytnikaite has taken an artistic stand for the environment. In 2015, she submitted a project called Environmental Issues to a contest run by Global Goals — a sustainable development initiative run by the United Nations — and won. The inspiration behind that project was her rage of reading about fossil fuels and global warming in the news every day. 

Check out some of her animal-inspired illustrations from "Environmental Issues" and the "Garbage Couture" series:

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Photo Credit: Global Goals
Photo Credit: Global Goals

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Photo Credit: Egle Plytnikaite
Photo Credit: Egle Plytnikaite

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Photo Credit: Egle Plytnikaite
Photo Credit: Egle Plytnikaite

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Photo Credit: Egle Plytnikaite
Photo Credit: Egle Plytnikaite

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Photo Credit: Egle Plytnikaite
Photo Credit: Egle Plytnikaite

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Photo Credit: Egle Plytnikaite
Photo Credit: Egle Plytnikaite

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Photo Credit: Egle Plytnikaite
Photo Credit: Egle Plytnikaite

You can view more of Plytnikaite's work on her Instagram and website.

(H/T: Fubiz)