New Delhi: Have you ever wondered what happens to all the thermocol tableware that is discarded as waste and dumped in a corner after a party? It goes directly to India’s unsustainable landfills. Thermocol is an expanded form of Polystyrene which is nothing but a type of plastic and just like plastic, it has become an integral part of our life and a major contributor to the garbage crisis that is now a potent threat to the environment. Right from birthday parties, house warming parties, to roadside food stalls, thermocol tableware is one of the most widely used products. But you can now put an end to this product by not using it or using it in an eco-friendly way. Here is how you can do it yourself with some DIY magic.
1. Learn While You Play, Play While You Reduce Pollution
Bring out your inner child and create some magic with plates. Create a fish or give it a shape of cat, while doing this don’t forget to include your children or younger siblings because it is a fun activity. For this, all you need is some paper plates, paint, scissors and glue. These cute little creatures will not only help kids learn and play, but also add to beauty of your house. What are you waiting for? Get creative!
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2. Some Craft Is Good For Health
Stop sipping soup from plastic and harm yourself. Instead don that creative hat and try your hands at these super easy animal craft. For this, all you need is couple of thermocol glasses, sketch pens and paper. Make eyes, nose and moustache from sketch pens and ears from thermocol cups or plates. If you want, you can use some wool to make moustache. It will look more appealing.
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3. Colorful Walls For A Colorful You
Add a dash of colours to the otherwise boring walls. All you need to do is paint anything and everything (may be some nice scenery) on the back side of thermocol plates. No, you don’t need to be Picasso for that. Just remembering those drawing classes from school will help you. If it turns out to be super good, you can get it framed and earn some praises from the onlookers.
Tip: If you are not good at drawing or painting, go for spray painting or blow painting.
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4. From Waste To Lamps: Make Use Of Hazardous Thermocol Glasses
Why use mirchi lights only on Diwali and wedding functions? Make use of these in day to day life and brighten up your home. Take 10-12 thermocol cups and either paint them or cover them with colorful papers or old wrapping papers. On the base of the cup make cuts for lights to get inside. Now, just add mirchi lights in cup and you are good to go.
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5. Bring Sunshine And Dark Clouds To Your Room With Waste
Cut thermocol plates in the shape of sun or cloud, whichever you like, or may be both. Paint it to get the desired look. Now, cut stripes of any length using thermocol plates and paint them in the shades of rainbow. Once stripes are ready, paste then below sun and clouds. If you don’t like the end result with stripes, you can simply hang or paste clouds, suns, planets and stars in your room.