Zero waste kitchens are an emerging trend in 2016. Zero waste in general has been around for several years but it’s values are slowly making their way into the kitchen; both commercial and household.
Statistics show that New Zealand produces an enormous amount of waste from household kitchens alone, most of which is avoidable waste which could be reduced, reused or recycled to decrease the impact of waste upon our environment.
Reduce, reuse and recycle are the driving factors behind creating a zero waste kitchen, with a lot of the focus being on reusable packaging, composting and finding new uses for things which would usually be thrown away.
In my work, I presented the statistics of zero waste to shock the viewer into thinking about their own contribution to the issue. By presenting the numbers large within smaller supporting type, the viewer is intrigued by the large number and then shocked to read it in the Zero Waste context and learn of our current impact.
As reusing is one of the main concepts of the Zero Waste movement, materials have been reused to create these prints. Plastic bags, which are notorious for having a huge impact on the environment, have formed the base of these works. Zero Waste kitchens aim to reduce the use of plastic bags by replacing them with reusable items such as glass jars and canvas bags. The inked transfer of the plastic bags, combined with the green colour which is generally associated with Zero Waste and other environmental movements, creates an organic texture, highlighting the ability to make something beautiful from something which you would usually throw away, and the transformative impact of reusing waste items.
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