These flower pins are a symbol of sustainability & environmental awareness. They are constructed from post-consumer tin & plastic trash from food & product packaging. My commitment to “reuse” consumer waste started from a sense of social responsibility.
These materials from commonplace items reflect two competing principles. Firstly, millions invested in packaging technology; seductive design with jewel-like colors & interesting forms to attract consumers & increase sales with no accountability from the companies for the consumer waste generated.
Secondly, plastic has a serious environmental impact. Less than 10% of plastic waste can be recycled due to its varying chemical compositions. It does not degrade, washes into our water systems, eventually breaking down into micro-particles eaten by fish & animals, contributing to an early death & food chain degradation.
These pins are a symbol of beauty & controversy, portraying the delicate balance between nature & human consumption.