We keep reading about our unhealthy use of single-use, disposable plastic bottles, how in the US over 30 billion are used annually, how only around one-third are recycled, and how they’re ending up in our oceans at a terrifying amount. The general viewpoint around plastic bottles is that they’re valueless, and as such, they end up tossed in a landfill without much thought.
While it behooves people to use reusable and durable bottles to carry around drinking water, there also needs to be a shift in perception of plastic as a throwaway resource. It can be reused for DIY projects around the house or recycled. Or, it can be used as a medium and turned into stunning works of art.
Through his stunning series, Mermaids Hate Plastic, and an online pledge for people to limit use of plastic bottles, photographer Von Wang has garnered over twelve thousand signatures and counting. The Such Initiative aims to raise awareness through impressive public art exhibits made with discarded materials. A collective of artists have come together to create Project Vortex, where they commit to making art from plastic debris.
And with a touch of artistry and much innovation, plastic becomes priceless. Check out the gallery of trash turned to art.