This is how beautiful and practical 1,500 plastic soda bottles can be. This canopy installation — called “(POP)culture” and designed by students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture — up-cycles soda bottles into a colorful shade that reads as a sky full of colorful flowers. The bottles hang from a frame and, presumably, undulate in the breeze as you sit underneath sipping your favorite beverage.
At Ocean Conservancy we work every day to create a movement for Trash Free Seas — from helping organize beach cleanups around the world, to performing scientific research on marine debris, to helping reduce trash at its source. This is a beautiful example of that ethos at work — making trash too valuable to toss.
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