While cleaning out my son’s toy box today, he was brave enough to want to throw quite a few away. But I started to wonder if there was something else that I could do with them. Well, this is where artist Robert Bradford comes into it because he uses his creative talents to turn thousands of plastic toys and other plastic things into rather amazing dog sculptures…
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Plastics
10 –Standing Guard
FACT: Australia, China, Austria, Bangladesh, Ireland and several European Union countries have banned or restricted the use of plastic bags. But just a few does not mean the problem is going to go away of how much plastic we throw away each year.
9 – The Black Sniffer
FACT: Only a poultry one in every 50 bags used is one that is good for the environment, and even worse is that only 1 in every 20 bags used is reused again. The rest go into the ground.
8 – The Button Sniffer
FACT: Recycling also saves energy spent getting the materials out of the ground as well. In fact, simply recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W bulb for up to 6 hours! Power to the people indeed.
7 –Laser Mouth Guard Dog
FACT: Over 13 billion plastic bags are produced every year, which works out that each and every person on the planet could have over 300 per year! I am more than guilty of this.
6 –Plastic Puppy dog eyes
FACT: Sadly when it comes to recycling plastic us Europeans are the worst! We only recycle 2.5% of all the plastic bottles we use. Shame on us indeed.
5 – Peg Pooch
FACT: It might not make you look like a fashion icon, but it takes only 25 recycled plastic bottles to make 1 one adult sized waterproof cover. (Like the type you get in theme parks for the wet rides.)
4 – Super Sniffer
FACT: 40% of all plastics that are thrown away or recycled are bottles! Less than 2% is toys. It seems a lot more of us hang on to toys than anything else.
3 –Play Pug
FACT: Sure, we all drink it now but bottled water first become mainstream in 1970! Before then we just used the tap water I suppose. (Which I still do)
2 –The Yellow Pouncer
FACT: Plastic was first made in the 1940’s, which means that every single, piece of plastic ever made is still whole and in the ground somewhere.(Or recycled)
1 – The Wondering Pup
FACT: It takes Plastic around 450 years just to even start decomposing. Then, it can take at least another 80-100 years to decompose completely. So do try to recycle it before throwing it away.