He Turns Waste Into Art To Showcase The Environmental Crisis

Von Wong wrote an article for the online magazine Bored Panda. He wrote, “Every day, we make dozens of small decisions to buy more stuff – at the supermarket, malls, online… For most of my life, I didn’t think it mattered. After all, I was just one person, making a couple of small decisions. But one day, I found myself in a landfill surrounded by an endless mountain of other people’s small decisions and realized that maybe those small decisions did matter. Since then, I have been gathering volunteers, artists, non-profits, and companies to come together and create art-installations that help to bridge the gap between statistic and emotions. Each and every piece has an educational video that goes with it, and for the Earth Day this year, I hope that one of these will touch your heart!”

 

#Strawpocalypse

 

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Von Wong wrote, “It’s just one straw, said 8 billion people. With my latest piece, I wanted to find a unique way to showcase the threat that our ocean and future generations are under. It took us 6 months to collect 168,000 straws recovered off the streets of Vietnam with the help of @zerowastesaigon and @starbucksvietnam to build this piece.”

 

The Parting Of The Plastic Sea

 

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“Every single piece of plastic ever made still exists on the planet today in some form. How terrifying to think that all those tiny purchase decisions we make add up to so much over one lifetime. The parting of the plastic sea, built from 168,000 straws hopes to focus on one tiny part of the problem: straws, to ignite a greater conversation.”

 

More Plastic Than Fish

 

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“By the year 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. It sounds crazy but when you look at the combination or overfishing and the hockeystick production of plastics… That’s when things start getting a little crazy. It sounds like a tiny thing to stop using a straw but all change start small!”

 

Mermaids Hate Plastic

 

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“This is a mermaid lying on 10,000 plastic bottles. You need to see it on a bigger screen than your phone ! Check out how we did it on the description link #mermaids #mermaidshateplastic makeup.”