THAILAND: Recyclate Amulets Should Tackle Ocean Plastic.

22. February 2022 | Waste, Politics, Social | via


Thai buddha amulets made from recycled plastic waste to inspire more recycling. (Credit: Reuters /

Two of Bangkok’s sustainable design studios teamed up to create little buddha amulets made from recycled plastics. Their intention is to draw attention to the plastic pollution in their country and in the seas. Thailand is estimated to be the fifth-biggest contributor of plastic to the world's oceans, according to a report by the US-based group Ocean Conservancy. The amulets, which have been blessed by Thai monks, are distributed in exchange for at least 1 kg of collected plastic waste or a minimum of 100 baht (about $3). Money raised from sale of the amulets will go to charity. “The idea of the plastic amulet is a result of finding a connection between the environment and Thai culture,” said Krit Phutpim, a director at Dots Design Studio, one of the design studios behind the project launched at Bangkok’s design week exhibition. The amulets are embossed with a seated Buddha on one side and the Thai word for “awareness” on the other to remind Thai people to be conscious about their daily consumption and its impact on the the environment, says Teerachai Suppameteekulwat, founder of the second design studio Qualy Design.

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