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Erika Drake’s Recycled Plastic Bag Stool Calls Attention to the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch
Designer and artist Hongtao Zhou worked with his Hawaiian student Erika Drake to fix a broken stool by reinforcing it with recycled plastic bags! The duo wrapped bag tissues around the broken joinery like a spider web and melted the bags to form a durable bond. The repaired piece shows the potential for reusing plastic bags (and reducing waste) while calling attention to the issue of plastic waste on the Hawaiian Islands and in the Pacific Ocean. This project was completed in Erika’s first year studio working with assistant professor Hongtao Zhou and Maria Simon at the School of Architecture at University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus.
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