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									This Is Rubbish
Recycling In Art & Design
Some Rubbish Facts!
   On average, UK households produced 30.5 million
    tonnes of waste every year, of which only17% was
    collected for recycling.
   This figure is still quite low compared to some of our
    neighbouring EU countries as some recycle over
    50% of their waste.
   There is still a great deal of waste which could be
    recycled that ends up in landfill sites which is
    harmful to the environment.
   By recycling more we could make the world a better
    place to live.
What’s this got to do with me?
                    The choices you make
                     affect everyone on the
                    If we reduce, reuse and
                     recycle instead of throwing
                     away, fewer new materials
                     need to be quarried or
                     mined to make new things.
                     In addition, the vast majority
                     of resources that we use in
                     manufacturing products and
                     providing services cannot
                     be replaced and so will
                     eventually run out.
                    What will you do then?
More Rubbish Facts
   Recycling is an excellent way of saving energy and
    conserving the environment. Did you know that:
   1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to
    power a television for 3 hours.
   1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to
    power a computer for 25 minutes.
   1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy
    to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
   70% less energy is required to recycle paper
    compared with making it from raw materials.
Even More Rubbish Facts
   Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the dustbin
    could be recycled.
   On average, 16% of the money you spend on a
    product pays for the packaging, which ultimately
    ends up as rubbish.
   As much as 50% of waste in the average dustbin
    could be composted.
   Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.
   9 out of 10 people would recycle more if it were
    made easier.
So what’s this got do with Art?
   The artist, Tony Cragg
    created this artwork
    called “Flotsam” in

   This artwork was made
    from discarded plastic
    which the artist found
    washed up on the
So what’s this got do with Art?
   This artwork was
    created by the
    American artist Robert
   The artist collected
    discarded plastic toys
    from „trash cans‟ to
    make this eight metre
    tall sculpture.
    So what’s this got do with Art?
   This artwork was
    created by the
    British artist
    David Mach.
   The sculpture is
    made entirely
    from old coat
So what’s this got do with Art?
   Dumped supermarket
    trolleys litter rivers and
    canals. A Canadian artist
    called Ptolemy Elrington
    rescues them to create
    these intricate wire
    sculptures. These
    sculptures are made from
    cutting and bending the
    trolley wires into position.
    No other materials are used
    in their construction.
Imagine A World Without
   That‟s what artist Michael Landy did!
   In the ground floor of a temporarily
    abandoned department store on
    London's Oxford Street between 10 and
    24 February 2001, Landy, set about
    cataloguing and then destroying all his
    7,227 belongings.
   Each of his possessions was itemised in
    one of ten categories: art, clothing,
    electrical equipment, furniture, kitchen
    contents, leisure, perishables, reading
    material, studio contents and motor
    vehicle. This process employed a team of
    operators who each day set about
    separating each item into its basic
    elements - metal, paper, wood, plastic or
    ceramic and so on, finally shredding or
    granulating them. The result was more
    than 5.75 tonnes of material which was
    deposited in landfill sites around the UK.
   What do you think his reasons were for
    doing this?
Innovative Recycling Ideas
   Chiquita Chandelier
    designed by Anneke

   This design is a result
    of experimentation with
    Chiquita Banana
    cardboard boxes found
    in supermarkets.
Innovative Recycling Ideas
   Light designed by Bulbs

   Bulbs Unlimited sells kits that
    let you create fixtures like the
    ones pictured here from your
    own recycled bulbs. The kits
    include everything you need to
    make these cool designer
    fixtures except for the bulbs
    themselves. A special bulb
    marking template, adhesive
    and “snaps” let you arrange
    your bulbs into a variety of cool
    shapes and sizes, including
    desk lamps and hanging
Innovative Recycling Ideas
   Rugburn Lounge Chair
    designed by Ample

   This chair was
    constructed from
    discarded carpets rolls
    which were attached to
    form a stylish piece of
    recycled seating.
Innovative Recycling Ideas
   Droog Rag Chair by
    Tejo Remy.

   This chair is layered
    from the contents of 15
    bags of rags. It arrives
    ready made but the
    user has the option to
    recycle their own
    discarded clothers to be
    included in the design.

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