Translated by Soong Phui Jee
Sin Chew Daily
Recyclable mineral water bottles are readily available in our daily lives. With his unlimited imaginary, a fengshui accessories dealer has turned them into handicrafts like carp fish, lobsters, eagles, grasshoppers, flowers, motorcycles and tricycles.
Frankie ran his booths at different shopping centres and thus, he consumed a lot of mineral water everyday and thought that it was a waste to throw the empty bottles into recycle bins.
He then though of an idea and started to turned the water bottles into handicrafts.
"I reused empty bottles as containers to keep small accessories, pen holders or vases. When I learned from the Internet that water bottles could actually be reused to make blankets, clothing and building materials, I tried to make them myself and they were not bad," Frankie said.
He said that his six-year-old son was very interested in marine life and kept asking Frankie to make some marine creatures for him. He then made his first mineral water bottle lobster as a toy for his son four months ago.
"He asked for a mermaid but I had no idea how to make one. Since then, I started to create different kinds of works," he said.
In his opinion, environmental protection must be practised by all individuals and instead of returning recyclable resources for recycling purposes, it would be better to reuse them. Even though he might have to spend a few weeks or even months to come out with an idea and another few days or a week to complete the work, he still insisted to carry on.
"Although water bottles are low in value, I can't waste them. Therefore, I conceive the ideas first before start making them to ensure every part of the bottle is fully used for the best result," he stressed.
He continued: "I'm glad to guide those who are interested in learning it and even children can easily master the skills since its production process is very simple and easy."
He said that a foreigner was very interested in his works and he actually bought some of them which were originally meant for his own collection.