New Recycled Ocean Plastic Sculpture to raise awareness

New Recycled Ocean Plastic Sculpture to raise awareness

Ocean Plastics Suck Sculpture made from recycled ocean plastics, wood and bio-resin. The sculpture is in the shape of a ice-cream lolly as if its dropped and melting on the floor

‘Beach plastics suck’ – A new sculpture made from recycled ocean plastics, wood and bio-resin collected from my beach cleans. I’ve been working on this behind the scenes since lockdown. Now I’ve made my ‘Oceana plant pot’ made from recycled ocean plastics I have had the headspace to finish this sculpture.

Inspired by my road trip to France and Spain and hanging out on beaches I saw a kid drop her lolly. She burst into tears at the loss and I wondered how we will react generations from now when we see the massive ball/lolly we are dropping by not looking after our oceans and planet.

Ocean Plastics Suck Sculpture made from recycled ocean plastics, wood and bio-resin. The sculpture is in the shape of a ice-cream lolly as if its dropped and melting on the floor and the room is dark but the sculpture is lit with an internal light
Ocean Plastics Suck Sculpture made from recycled ocean plastics, wood and bio-resin
Ocean Plastics Suck Sculpture made from recycled ocean plastics, wood and bio-resin. The sculpture is in the shape of a ice-cream lolly as if its dropped and melting on the floor
‘Ocean Plastics Suck’ Sculpture made from recycled ocean plastics, wood and bio-resin

Immediately the sculpture also reminds us of the devasting effects of climate change with the lolly looking like it’s melting. I wanted to create an iconic and memorable image to grab attention and remind us of the fragility of life on this planet. With all my work whether it’s the design of my Ocean Plastic plant pots or these sculptures, I hope to create memorable pieces that start conversations and amplify environmental messages without preaching or being too heavy. It is an important conversation but if we are to speak to the masses I feel that playfulness is a way in. I want people to fall in love with nature and protect it rather than guilting them into any action.

A visual of a giant ice lolly sculpture made from recycled ocean plastics. A proposal for Bristol waterfront
Ocean Plastics Suck Sculpture proposal made from recycled ocean plastics, wood and bio-resin. The sculpture is in the shape of a ice-cream lolly as if its dropped and melting on the floor

The sculpture is approximately 38cm high x 48cm wide. My dream is to make these sculptures at a much larger size utilising the collected trash from coastal cities. It would be great to work with schools, NGOs and charities to raise awareness of our environment, plastic recycling and materials want to do beach and harbour cleans with the community and then use the very trash collected collectively to make a giant sculpture to raise awareness.

If you are a city councillor or know of any communities who may be interested in commissioning such a piece please do get in touch.

UPDATE: Super excited to have been featured by @realpreciousplastic on their Instagram account with nearly 94 000 followers. They have been a big inspiration for many years. I have also received a few commissions from interested people which has been fantastic. Thank you for the support!

Instagram post of Ocean Plastic Ice Lolly Sculpture

Simple solutions to environmental problems-Creating Bee Highways & Nature Corridors

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Ecotribo are passionate about finding simple solutions to environmental problems. We believe that governments won’t save our planet but people like you and me implementing simple, well-designed, eco-friendly ideas into their lives. This is what we do, we conceive and implement ideas that make a positive difference to our environment. We are developing an exciting new product in the health and beauty sector that aims to massively reduce plastics in our environment. It could be huge and we want to get it right, so please be patient. In the meantime, we’ve been getting involved in another smaller, but beautifully simple and effective eco initiative – making bee highways and natural habitats in our neighbourhood.

Since the late 1990’s, beekeepers around the world have noticed the Bees decline. This has been caused by bee-killing pesticides used in industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens, climate change and continuing urbanisation. To protect our bees and agriculture we all know we need to move away from destructive industrial agriculture towards ecological farming. You can help by talking to your MP and get your local council to stop using bee-harming pesticides in local parks, promote eco-farming and help create natural habitats for them in urban areas. That’s where we got involved!

The problem needs a multifaceted approach for sure. At Ecotribo we believe in finding solutions that everyone can do. Simple ideas that can have big  solutions, so we got off our asses and decided to get involved…

Working with the local community and organisations such as TRESA here in Totterdown we have started building a Bee highway which we hope will continue to grow across the city of Bristol and the United Kingdom. Solutions don’t need to be complicated so anyone can get involved! By building these pallet planters and placing them across the city we are increasing the bees natural habitat and ensuring their survival.

We simply upcycled wooden pallets we found around the local hood and which were also kindly donated by our local woodyard people at Selco. You can find various instructables to help give you all the details and instructions to make your own planters and help us grow the bee highway not only here in Bristol but around the world. So if you love nature, bees and a bit of green, get involved and make your own! We would love to see your planters so please send us a link in the comments section or tweet us at http://twitter.com/ecotribolife

Go bees!



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