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Toward a Positive Lifecycle, the Peace with Plastic Project

PEACE WITH PLASTIC is a project to promote a world free of plastic pollution beginning with a simple act, folding clean non-recyclable post-consumer plastic into peace crane origami, which are a symbol of peace.

Your plastic peace crane will help support a “Positive Lifecycle.”

Everyone in the world can play an important part in this project. People pray for a positive lifecycle for plastic as they fold a plastic peace crane, and their prayers come together to empower a “Positive Lifecycle.”


What is a “Positive Lifecycle”?

Plastic is forever.  A positive lifecycle for plastic is when plastic is given a beneficial end-use.  Imagine the benefits to the natural world and the benefits to humanity if all plastic had a positive end-use.  An example of a positive lifecycle end-use for plastic waste is architecture, designed to last forever.  Positive lifecycle consciousness will increase understanding of plastic waste as a resource and help us collectively develop social infrastructure to concurrently address global pollution and child homelessness. Your plastic peace crane will help spread the message of transformation to a positive lifecycle.

Let’s join!

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STEP 1. Collect a non-recyclable plastic chip or candy bag.  Clean. Cut into a square.


STEP 2. Fold the plastic origami crane.  See Video Below.

You may use any ordinary, non-recyclable  plastic packaging film that you have on hand. We also welcome drawings, illustrations, animations, videos, a crane formed by arranging a group of people, and all kinds of unique and creative ideas.


STEP 3. Add a message and put your name on the plastic origami crane.
After you fold the crane, if you like, write a message and put your name (or nickname) on the wing.


STEP 4. Upload the image on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags.
Include in your post the hashtags:

#PEACEWITHPLASTIC and #PositiveLifecycle4Plastic

Transformation Mantra:

         "I am willing to bring my spirit, my heart, and my hands into loving action to transform plastic for a positive lifecycle for all living beings."

                         - Shannon Lee Gilmour, founder




About the Peace Crane

Origami peace cranes are considered a symbol of “peace” and have long been considered to bring good fortune. The tradition dates back to over 400 years ago in Japan.  Folded paper cranes, symbolic of the red crowned crane (a bird that stands over two meters tall, believed to live forever, and revered in Japan), were given away as a gesture to express a prayer for happiness or good luck. The origami crane became a symbol of peace when a girl who was exposed to radiation in Japan during WW2 folded origami cranes in hope of making a full recovery from leukemia.


Have you heard of Sadako Sasaki?
Sadako Sasaki was born in Hiroshima in 1943 during the Second World War. When she was two years old, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and she was exposed to radiation. Sadako survived and grew up as an active girl who was good at sports. One day, about ten years after she was exposed to radiation, she was diagnosed with cancer and was admitted to the hospital.


Prayer expressed through a thousand cranes
When Sadako was in the hospital, she received an origami crane as a get-well wish. Sadako started to fold paper cranes herself, recycling little bits of paper she found, like labels on bottles and notepapers in the hospital. One by one, she would fold the origami cranes with the desire to live, believing that when she folded one thousand paper cranes, she would make a full recovery. Her prayer was not answered, and after eight months fighting for her life, she died in the hospital.

Origami crane as a global symbol of peace
This true story of Sadako Sasaki led to the construction of the “Children’s Peace Monument” in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan. As people from around the world visited the park, Sadako's story spread across the world, and the origami crane became known as the “symbol of peace”.



Never underestimate the human spirit.

Every moment we live is a potential for

creating lasting positive change.

If you resonate with the positive lifecycle message,

please join together with us.

Coming together - the beginning of the transformation.


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