Fest features creative recycling ideas to inspire people

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  • Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015

Art of recycling: The ‘Tree of Life’, made from discarded materials, wowing visitors at the Ecofestival 2015 at Ecoworld GalleryMacalister.

THE ‘Tree of Life’ made using recycled plastic bottles, bicycle wheels and metal offcuts was a highlight at Eco World Development Group Berhad’s Ecofestival 2015.

The unique structure featured bottles to signify flowers, bicycle wheels as leaves and the metal offcuts as branches. The ‘tree trunk’ is made out of metal poles.

The ‘Tree of Life’ was a community art project and stood out at the festival held at the EcoWorld Gallery @ Macalister, Penang.

The festival was held in collaboration with Biji-Biji Initiative, a Kuala Lumpur-based company which advocates green technology.

The event, aimed at creating social awareness about the environment and creative reuse of waste, was held to mark World Environment Day.

It was held from 4pm to 10pm on Saturday and attracted environment, science and technology buffs.

There were educational workshops on eco-friendly topics such as com- posting, bottle gardening, pallet furniture making and eco-enzymes.

The other interesting attractions at the event using clever technology and engineering were the ‘Singing Pool Water’ and the ‘Singing Garden’.

Sound and graphic waves are created when the body touches water at the ‘Singing Pool Water’.

The ‘Singing Garden’ was another favourite with the visitors as magical sounds were produced as soon as the plants which were hooked up to a electrical sensor system were touched.

Eco World Development president and chief executive officer Datuk Chan Kim Wah said the festival will be held at Iskandar Malaysia in Johor on Saturday and end in the Klang Valley on July 4.

The event was livened up with street performances that included a drums circle and magic shows.

There were live performances by a local rap/hip-hop group called ‘The Bat Cave’, Alena Murang who is a sape (traditional Kelabit lute) performer and singer-songwriter Jes Ebrahim.

Caricaturists and face painters were also at work to add to the fun.

Festival-goers also spent time at the Eco Bazaar which showcased products and solutions for healthy living.

Hungry visitors flocked to 10 stalls selling delicious coconut ice-cream, pies, waffles and sushi.

Biji-Biji Initiative, set up in 2012, is one of Malaysia’s well-known social enterprises.

It won the grand prize of RM250,000 in the Alliance Bank SME Innovation Challenge 2014.

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