Carnegie Mellon Design Students Display Masks Made
From Recyclables at Whole Foods in East Liberty
PITTSBURGH—As a way to raise awareness of reusable materials, second-year students in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design created masks from recycled plastic milk cartons, pop bottles, straws and other items found in the recycling bin.
The masks, crafted in the design studio class "Color and Communication," range from robot-type masks to people and animals. One mask, made out of a milk carton, looks like a cow sticking its tongue out. Another mask with tired-looking eyes and eyebrows is made almost entirely out of bottle caps. The masks will be on display at Whole Foods in East Liberty through April 23.
The design students also created posters, using the images of the masks to convey messages about the value of recycling and reusing materials. People can vote at Whole Foods on their favorite recycling poster. The winning poster will be given away for free on Earth Day, April 22, at the store.
"We wanted to show that recycling and reusing materials can be fun and creative," said Kristin Hughes, associate professor in the School of Design who supervised the project with Mark Mentzer, associate head of the Design School. "Maybe people will see those empty plastic bottles and aluminum cans in a new light and give the extra bit of effort to recycle them rather than toss them in the trash," she said.