• Jonathan Shiek

Filipino Artist Turns Trash into Treasure

We all know the current sustainability of the Earth is at a rather precarious state due to the sheer amount of trash being disposed improperly. According to a report by Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and China make up for 60% of the entire world’s marine plastic waste.

Despite many efforts by non-profit organisations and government bodies in the respective countries, the figure still remains at an alarming level. This is because the citizens in said countries are not stepping up and doing their part… Well mostly.

Credits: Mashable SEA

For one Filipino artist – Gilbert Angeles, he decided to take action in the best way possible! Rather than letting trash and waste litter the streets, Gilbert decided to incorporate them into his artwork. He used items such as shredded plastic, old paint and scrap wood to bring his ‘green’ creations to life.

Credits: Mashable SEA

According to the man himself, he said that he never really needs to far to obtain material for his art as his own neighborhood in Manilla is packed with it. He also added, “I make these artworks to raise awareness so we can fight against the trash in our area, to make us more responsible in how we dispose of our trash, and to make us aware of where our trash goes,”

Credits: Green Artz by Gilbert Angeles (Facebook)

So here is the icing on the cake. Not only is Gilbert saving the planet one art piece at a time, his work is actually being bought by art collectors and fans of his work from all over the world. His pieces can sell from anywhere between US$600 to US$3,000.

Credits: Green Artz by Gilbert Angeles (Facebook)

If you want to check out some of his artwork, you can always do so here!


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