Saturday, March 11, 2017

Recycling as an Art

Sprite soda empty plastic bottles made into a tree in Baker's Hill, Puerto Princesa City.
Nowadays when it seems there is too much trash, we do not know perhaps what is the best way to reduce them. While buying soda in bottle is irresistible, what do we usually do is collect them and wait for the garbage collectors, who separate the recyclables to be sold to junk shops. Well, one can do more than just waiting for garbage collectors to come and letting them do the rest. I like the idea of having a vintage interior design for restaurants because it makes me feel homey. Aside from being minimalist, some old stuff like disks are hung thereby having a place for itself. The odder stuff I have seen is having an old bicycle and an old typewriter hung inside Bigg's Diner in Legazpi City.

In some cases, there are towns that sponsor Christmas decoration contests in their respective barangays using indigenous materials or using recycled materials. I have seen parols made of shells, those taken from paluto in Boracay's famous Talipapa. Without throwing the shells, those were made into Christmas lanterns and hung in the restaurant's premises. In the nature-themed Baker's Hills in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan province, I have seen how the 1.5 liter bottles of Sprite soda were made into a recycled tree, greeting visitors coming in the area. Indeed, when wastes cannot be stopped because of too much consumption, we really have to think of other ways of using those trash instead of putting them in garbage bins awaiting for others to collect. We can make them into something still worthwhile like what we do in our garden at home. We use the plastic bags as seedling banks and we reuse the plastic containers as pots and hang them in the garden imitating the way plants are hung in Good Sheperd Convent in Baguio City.

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