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Art Can Keep Plastic From Landfill
October 14, 2012 - 7:38 pm

My name is Luke O’Donnell I am a recycle plastics artist.

I have seen many artists use trash in their art aesthetically, but generally it seems they only attempt to pause the waste material in the Trash >> Landfill cycle. My aim is to halt it.

I have been using plastics that are difficult to recycle and use them in artworks that are never likely to find their way back to landfill. My quest began 8 years ago when I did something similar to the plastic challenge and was quite shocked at how much plastic “stuff” I was throwing away as trash. So I began using plastics in different ways. I now use plastics to colour, texture or as the main medium for my artworks. I decided that I would not use the plastic in a way that it would be temporary. But decided that the works had to be substantial and beautiful enough for people to want to keep as heirlooms. I have developed three types of style and technique that showcase the plastic as objects to be admired and treasured. My blog is constantly updated and my art projects are soon to be available for sale online.

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Eve Stavros
October 26, 2012 - 1:54 am

Luke,  you are so right. And so many of the plastic “green art” projects take more plastic (like glues & tapes & plastic paints), are temporary (I mean, a bottle cap “flower painting” seems destined to go into the trash at some not-too-distant time), and look more tacky than artistic. I applaud your approach, and will definitely check out your blog. Bravo!

November 6, 2012 - 9:46 am

I understand this problem. Recently I created a jelly fish costume for Halloween using recycled bubble wrap, and plastic leftovers. I thought it’d be a great project for kids to do until I realized how much of the plastic would end up in the landfill eventually. I’m keeping my costume in case I can use it again, perhaps add some lights to enhance it at another time.

November 6, 2012 - 9:55 am

Hi Luke, 

I agree and it is a issue that I have been thinking about as we embark on a priject making recycled plastic sculpture with school children. I have looked on your blog and the work is lovely but I was wondering if you were willing to give me some advice regarding the process you use to recycle plastic in your paintings. 

Many thanks Louise at

February 3, 2013 - 1:35 am

You typically have good idea of creativity. If many people would have the same idea in recycling plastics and other trashes into something that is useful, for sure we should be proud to ourselves, that in a simple things we’ve done something different. Like you,m we are also into recycling of trashes, we are in the business of converting waste to energy and redistribute it to every household.

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