Help us win the war against plastic waste

Release Date: 29 November 2017

When it comes to recycling how do we persuade students and staff to tackle the problem of plastic waste? One solution is to provide special campus bins to keep our plastic rubbish separate from everything else.

Plastic Bins Prize Giving
Cara Anderson, Isabela Krykwinska, Cara Duncan and Suzanne Scott.

And thanks to Dundee and Angus College art students these bins will be instantly recognisable and far from boring.

Local artist and illustrator Suzanne Scott, who works under the name WhimSicAL LusH, recently visited the college for a massive ‘doodle day’ where art students were encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and come up with designs for the giant bins.

Suzanne, who has been involved with a host of creative projects including the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail and Dundee’s new waterfront at Slessor Gardens, had the difficult task of judging the entries.

She eventually chose three winning designs with the top spot going to Textiles student Cara Anderson. Cara was presented with an eco-friendly laptop bag – made from a tarpaulin, no less! – and a ‘roadkill can’ print, courtesy of WhimSicAL LusH.

Before coming to college Cara was a marine biologist so it’s no surprise to learn the ocean is a subject close to her heart. “I was surprised and delighted to win the competition,” she says. “I feel really strongly about the ecological consequences of polluting the ocean as it’s largely ignored – out of sight, out of mind.”

Two runners-up, Textile students Isabela Krykwinska and Cara Duncan, were presented with a WhimSicAL LusH printed bag and a stunning print.

Judge Suzanne says she was delighted with the quality of the entries but felt Cara’s winning design really stood out as it instantly tells the story of the ocean.

Chris Alexander, Head of Art, Design and Performing Arts, says, "Sustainability is a key driver for the Creative Industries and it was fantastic to offer our students the opportunity to work on such a unique and highly visual campaign. Giving the students the chance to learn from Suzanne Scott has been invaluable in showcasing how art and design skills are transferable across multiple platforms."

See – and use! – the bins yourself as these very practical works of art will be around our campuses in the new year.