What Do You Think About Creative Recycling?

Plastic bottle sculptures by artist Veronika Richterová. (Screenshot/Twitter)
Plastic bottle sculptures by artist Veronika Richterová. (Screenshot/Twitter)

Recycling is so important to help look after our planet, but what if we can reuse items by turning them into art?

Czech artist Veronika Richterová created these pieces, after she originally experimented with plastic mineral water bottles.  Since 2004, she has devoted herself to making art with PET bottles.

What is PET?

The most widespread use of polyethylene terephthalate is for bottling because it is an excellent packaging material, and impact-resistant compared with glass.

PET is very easy to recycle, and has become a valuable commodity for the production of fibers in the textile industry. At least half of Czechoslovakia’s PET bottles are exported to Taiwan for producing cheap clothing and toys. You can make one T-shirt with five PET bottles!

So let’s gather our bottles, build a boat, and sail with our recycled shirts into a new world where we can turn trash into art.

As Confucius said:

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

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