Against the backdrop of global concern over the menace of plastic pollution, the Plogging Nigeria Club at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is launching a four-day exhibition showcasing how plastic waste can be used to create beautiful home decor and fashionable products. has ended.
The club, which has over 150 members made up of university staff and students, was launched in 2019 with the aim of raising awareness about sanitary waste management practices in the university community and its environment.
Since 2019, the club has carried out various advocacy programs on waste management and climate change sensitization, including a public clean-up campaign aimed at eliminating plastic waste littering around the University of Nigeria, Nsukka campus.
Ayodeji Omilabu, Founder of Plogging Nigeria, said: “As our advocacy efforts have not brought about the desired behavioral changes among staff and students, we decided to use exhibitions and performing arts as alternative advocacy efforts to bring about change. “I did it,” he said.
Omiralove said the exhibition, called Trashion Week, aims to showcase artistic works made from recycled and upcycled materials such as pure water sachet nylon, plastic bottles and paper.
“This exhibition promotes sustainability, raises awareness about the impact of waste on the environment, celebrates World Environment Day with the theme ‘Breaking Plastic Pollution’ and the creative arts to enhance environmental education. “It’s about celebrating possibilities,” he said.
Omiralove believes that by showcasing Tashion Art, individuals can adopt eco-friendly habits and encourage sustainable fashion choices.
He added that the exhibition provided a platform to celebrate the creative potential of waste recycling and fostered awareness of artistic expression and innovation.
“Through the power of art, we aim to influence public opinion and inspire collective action to address the environmental crisis,” he said.
In 2020, the club picked up and recycled more than 500kg of plastic from the university community, and another 200kg is expected to be recycled, Omilove said.
This exhibition was a collaboration between several individuals, including Glory Udo Aka, coordinator of the Trashion project; Ugonna Ibekwe, Trasion Exhibition Curator, Miracle Sopulchi Obiora. and many other supporters.