Most of us have tasted milk products available in plastic bottles, but can anyone imagine converting those bottles into a beautiful glowing lamp for their homes? Designer Carolyn Joan Lau certainly thinks so, as she converts these used plastic bottles, to an aesthetically designed glowing lamp which adds a lovely diffused glowing effect to the overall beauty of the house.
The kitchen, which is the center of nutrition for the household, also happens to be the producer of maximum quantity of waste products. Hence, recycling opportunities can be found a plenty, which Ms. Lau has used to her benefit by applying her design skills and innovation, to come up with a perfectly functional, yet appealing design of a lampshade. Made from plastic bottles of Yakult products, the bottles would degrade with time, but till then will be the perfect material needed to construct such a lamp.
Any plastic container which has some degree of translucency, and can be perforated, is used to construct such a lamp by arrangement in a definitive manner, to create the desired shape. The ends are then perforated so that plastic ties can be used to bind the structure together, before final use as a lampshade. The only thing now needed is a source of light, like a common light bulb, to be placed at the centre of the shade so that the beauty of the diffused tone of light can be enjoyed.
Apart from the design and aesthetic appeal of the lamp, there is an ecological aspect to it all. Most of these bottles are eventually disposed of at the landfills after use. This has an extremely detrimental effect on the soil quality and the general ecological conditions of the land. But with innovative thinking, and a sense of design such as that of Ms. Carolyn Lou, these waste products can be used to create beautiful items for use in the household which end up increasing the overall aesthetic appeal, and creating a wonderful ambience inside the house, as well as taking care of nature.
Our previous coverage of such innovation, with regards to recycled home-care products includes Jar art by Heli Gilbert and the desk lamp by Victor Vetterlian. Such examples bring to light, how creatively waste products can be used to make wonderful appealing and useful items of use. All it really takes is a strong aesthetic sense and creativity to create something different and new.