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P.LAY stands for plastic layers, plastic bag layers to be exact. Since plastic bag pollution is a major concern in our ever consuming society and a huge threat to the environment and waterways, the Making P.lay workshops is a 3 hour workshop that goes through methods on how to use this waste to make tough, waterproof and ultralight materials perfect for sewing or heat fusing. The outcome will be a range of products that will be handmade from scratch by the participants, learning not only the basic methods but basic chemistry, facts and more potential applications for the material.
Cesar Marulanda, born in Bogota - Colombia is a self-taught artist and aspiring Industrial Designer whose work responds to the current environmental situation the world is living. Cesar has been researching and working with plastic bag waste as a raw material for the last 6 years, all to make useful art and accessories to sell at local markets. His time at university has given him more knowledge about the possibilities in recycling plastic waste and to use it in his projects. Cesar embarked on the recycling train thinking of it as a hobby, selling wallets and pouches in local markets, but little he knew this ‘hobby” will take him to discover the true potential in recycling and to spread the word to others with the mission to get more people to recycle, reduce and reuse to create a bigger positive environmental impact.
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- How to recycle HDPE and LDPE into useful strong, waterproof and lightweight materials (P.LAY)
- Joining and decorating methods for P.lay materials
- Learn how to make your own items from plastic bags
- Make up to three items to take home
- Old used plastic bags including coloured heavier plastic bags
- Notepad and pen
Casual and as part of class conducted outdoors, weather appropriate clothing and hat
Those wanting to turn a waste product into something beautiful and useful
Vendor since 2013
CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.
It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.
Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.
CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.
CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.
Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.