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Erika Drake’s Recycled Plastic Bag Stool Calls Attention to the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch
Posted By Elliot Chang On January 21, 2013 @ 5:00 pm In Art,DIY,green furniture,green Interiors,Reader Submitted Content,Recycled Materials | No Comments
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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 Hongtao Zhou: http://hongtaozhou.com/
 fix a broken stool: http://hongtaozhou.com/artwork/2996374_Hawaiian_student_Erika_Drake_plastic.html
 plastic waste: http://westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/plastic-problems.html
 Pacific Ocean: http://inhabitat.com/tag/pacific-garbage-patch/
 School of Architecture: http://www.arch.hawaii.edu/
 University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus: http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/
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