Volume 3, Issue 4, December 2018, Page: 33-41
Design and Production of Decorative Flower Pot from Plastic Wastes
Kofi Asante-Kyei, Department of Ceramic Technology, Takoradi Technical University, Takoradi, Ghana
Received: Apr. 2, 2019;       Accepted: May 11, 2019;       Published: May 31, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajad.20180304.11      View  32      Downloads  11
Abstract
In Ghana, plastic wastes have become social canker. Statistics indicate that more than 120 tones of plastic waste is collected daily and resold to recycling companies, yet the problem still persists. The quantity of plastic wastes generated on daily basis is very alarming and these plastic wastes caused by human activities litter the environment, thereby polluting water bodies, land and the air when the plastics are openly burned. It is against this backdrop, that the researcher seeks to recycle plastic wastes by designing and producing decorative flower pot from plastic wastes as raw materials, in complementing the efforts of the companies. The objective of the study was to find out whether plastic waste materials could be recycled into decorative flower pots. The methods employed were assemblage of plastics bottles, cut and join, and lastly, fold and paste. Samples of plastic waste bottles and sachets were collected from the campuses of Takoradi Technical University and its environs. The plastic sachets were used as linings for the pot and also for making artificial flower, while the plastic waste bottles were used to build the pot with carpenter’s glue as a binding agent. The findings of the study revealed that the flower pot was very portable, non- breakable and stronger as compared with pots made with clay. It was recommended, among others that, visual artists and artisans could practice this mode of recycling plastic waste to foster creativity, self- expression and skills development.
Keywords
Plastic Wastes, Flower Pot, Sachets, Bottles
To cite this article
Kofi Asante-Kyei, Design and Production of Decorative Flower Pot from Plastic Wastes, American Journal of Art and Design. Vol. 3, No. 4, 2018, pp. 33-41. doi: 10.11648/j.ajad.20180304.11
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