BANGKOK — Hoping to encourage extra Thais to recycle plastic waste, two native firms have teamed as much as make Buddhist amulets through the use of 9 forms of recyclable supplies starting from plastic bottles to nylon fishing nets.
Predominantly Buddhist Thailand is estimated to be the fifth-biggest contributor of plastic to the world’s oceans, in line with a report by the U.S.-based group Ocean Conservancy.
“The thought of the plastic amulet is a results of discovering a connection between the atmosphere and Thai tradition,” mentioned Krit Phutpim, a director at Dots Design Studio, one of many firms behind the challenge launched at Bangkok’s design week exhibition.
Thai amulets with Buddhist imagery are extraordinarily well-liked within the Southeast Asian nation and lots of hope they are going to improve their spirituality and convey them success.
The Buddha amulet launched this week has the Thai phrase for “consciousness” on the again to remind folks to be acutely aware that their day by day consumption shouldn’t hurt the atmosphere, mentioned Teerachai Suppameteekulwat, the founding father of the opposite firm behind the challenge Qualy Design.
The amulets, which have been blessed by monks, are distributed in trade for at the least a 1 kg (2.2 lb) of plastic or a minimal of 100 baht ($3.07) for every amulet with the cash going to varied charities.
The challenge has generated some controversy on social media, with questions on whether or not an amulet needs to be made out of recycled supplies.
Usually, amulets are made out of supplies similar to bone, wooden or metallic. They could include, for instance, the ash from incense burnt at a temple or hair from a monk which are thought to additional improve the wearer’s powers.
For one exhibition goer, the thought of giving recycled materials a brand new use attracted her to the amulet.
“I introduced in 1.8 kilograms of plastic bottles. I wish to give it a brand new life,” mentioned 33-year-old exhibition goer, Paramapon Suthichavengkul. ($1 = 32.5600 baht) —Reporting by Jiraporn Kuhakan Writing by Ed Davies Enhancing by William Maclean