Chairs, tables and interiors on display at an exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City have wowed many visitors as they were made from discarded plastic bags and bottles.
The Reborn Décor exhibition titled ‘From trash to treasure,’ is offering visitors a new insight on trash, which can be transformed into useful products.
The expo, which is taking place at 6B Ton Duc Thang Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, is set to last until Saturday next week.
The exhibition was aimed at spreading the message that trash will become treasure if it is utilized effectively, and calling on people to increase their use of recyclable materials, and reduce the negative impact of plastic waste on the environment.
The blue, green and yellow colors of plastic bottles form the impression and uniqueness of 20 furniture products on display at the exhibition.
|Furniture products on display at an exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City made from plastic trash. Photo: Supplied|
Phuc Tran, a member of the trash-to-treasure project, said that plastic waste is collected, and shredded, and then undergoes hot and cold pressing processes to become colorful plastic materials used for interiors.
Designers will mix different types of plastic waste to create various patterns for furniture.
“The longevity and aesthetic of materials made from trash are fairly equivalent to traditional ones that are used to produce interiors,” Phuc Tran said.
As such, the potential of plastic waste used to manufacture products with high applicability is huge, he added.
Ha Phan Kim Nguyet, leader of the project, said that the project was meant to raise people’s awareness of the importance of recycling, and steer them towards a sustainable lifestyle.
The products at the exhibition will be put up for auction on November 29. The proceeds from the auction will be used to build a green playground at Dong Nai Children’s Hospital in the namesake province in southern Vietnam.
The green space will act as a gift for over 600 pediatric patients in the hospital.
|Students at Ton Duc Thang University pose for a photo with a table made from 102 kilograms of plastic waste. Photo: Vu Thuy / Tuoi Tre|
|Visitors take a look at a furniture product made from discarded plastic bags. Photo: Vu Thuy / Tuoi Tre|
|Plastic bags and bottles transformed into materials with high applicability. Photo: Vu Thuy / Tuoi Tre|
|Materials with different colors and patterns made from plastic waste can be transformed into valuable products thanks to interior designers’ creativity and efforts to make recycling more accessible to the community. Photo: Vu Thuy / Tuoi Tre|