Worldwide Recycling

Since 1997, November 15 has been dedicated to recycling – it is America Recycles Day and this annual event has been launched by the National Recycling Coalition. Nowadays, as it is known, the matter of  reuse and recycle raw materials is really urgent. According to some statistics, the mankind has reached a worldwide population of 7 billion. Thus there is too much waste and America is responsible for consuming a disproportionate share of the planet’s resources. In many countries recycling is done by necessity, in others, reusing materials is done in a creative and useful way by artists, governments and businesses. Almost every used product or packaging maybe used as an artwork or other new, useful thing. Here are some purposes, ways how one material can act as a new, raw material for creating others:

As we consider recycling from the angle of industrial manufacturing, Ecotech Recycling Social Enterprise has done a good job. Managing Director Ming Cheung in this photo poses with fuel oil converted from plastic waste in front of his “Plastic Waste-to-Fuel System” plant,  Hong Kong , August 24, 2011. The project is designed to support the practical and cost effective solution to plastic waste management with energy regeneration. The result of this prototype machine is converting three tons of plastic waste into 1,000 liters of fuel oil daily. This fuel oil need further refinement and then it is suitable for diesel engine usage.


There is an interesting example where plastic bottles and other recycled plastic and waste products are reused. Precisely,  11.000 reclaimed bottles are used for building  the 60-foot-long  catamaran, named Plastiki. It is towed into Sydney Harbour at the end of its Trans-Pacific crossing on July 26, 2010.

Also, plastic bottles can be use for a really pleasant and beautiful artwork. The photo represent a little girl playing with flowers, made from recycled plastic water bottles by Libby Hodges. The ArtPrize entry, named Thousand Suns, is on display outside the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Plastics even can be used in fashion.The first  photo, taken at Ecofashion 2011, on March 26, 2011, in Cali, Colombia, shows a model that is wearing a dress made of recycled materials. The second photograph represents a bag made from recycled VHS videotape. The author is a Argentinian fashion designer Lucrecia Lovera.

Israeli industrial designer Hadas Itzcovitch created a model of a world globe made of  recycled bottles. This creation is in Petah Tikvah near Tel Aviv.

There are also buildings made of plastic! In Taipei, there is an exhibition hall made entirely  of bottles from Taiwan’s waste stream. The bottles were reprocessed into plastic containers that interlock strongly enough to block the elements and withstand storms or earthquakes. The name of that building is EcoArk.

The Tzu Chi Foundation factory in Taipei, Taiwan is known for performing good works to those in need. This photograph shows a volunteer that sews blankets made from recycled plastic bottles.


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