Waste Container Clutch

A short project that tackles the problem of ocean waste in the world.

 

Duration: 1 day

Unable to decompose efficiently, over 9 million tons of plastic waste will enter the world's oceans and effect marine life.

Plastic does not decompose, it is broken down into smaller pieces. One plastic bottle can become 10,000 pieces of microplastic.

The microplastic particles are seriously toxic and contaminates water and food sources.

Most commonly found plastic waste in the ocean:

_ Plastic bags

_ Plastic bottles

_ Food containers

_ Plastic packaging

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The garbage patch is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world storing 80,000 tons of plastic waste.

Sea surface feeders consume the microplastic and are ingesting the bio-accumulative toxic chemical that is attached to the plastic.

Materials Used

I wanted to upcycle and bash together a usable product from recycled plastic containers and found components.

1x  plastic food container

2x old jean snap caps

2x old shoe laces

Construction

The snap caps I kept from the old jeans used in the previous project perfectly fit into the snap corners of the plastic container and reinforces the closure of the clutch.

I weaved the recycled shoelaces through the ventilation openings of the plastic containers and formed a knot on the top.

I weaved the shoelaces strategically so that the container will hang straight with the center of gravity.

The Container Clutch is a sustainable upcycled product as all the materials used were repurposed and the joinery of each component together does not require any chemical adhesive and can be taken apart easily.

© Copyright Alissa Wang 2018