Juárez students show their creativity in transforming waste materials


UACJ students show the chairs they created from waste materials at an expo last week at the university. (Photo courtesy Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez)

Project aims to promote recycling

Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez

The exhibition of products made from recycled waste materials featured a range of furniture and office accessories. (Photo courtesy Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez)

University students in Ciudad Juárez are working to promote a culture of recycling in the city by creating a variety of furniture and office accessories from cast-off everyday items.

The students of ecology at the Institute of Architecture, Design and Art of the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez exhibited a sample of their creations — made from waste paper, bottles, tires and a range of other waste materials — at an event last week.

The exhibition included guest speakers who addressed such topics as the environment, sustainability and urban agriculture.

Among the most widely used materials: plastic bottles. Students transformed empty waste baskets into seating and lampshades. They turned worn-out tires into a bench with storage space under it.

A series of photographs at the expo illustrated how the students cultivated vegetables — broccoli, cilantro, chile and garlic, among others.



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