Recycled Compressed Styrofoam Synthetic Bristle

30 cups compressed to make one brush handle. Keeping it out of the dump.

“That’s a very strange looking brush handle” you might say.  Well, I will have to agree with you on that.  It’s funky, rough, and covered in popped bubbles – not a flawless finish for an acrylic handle by any means.  However, as much as this brush may be strange looking, at it’s heart I believe it’s beautiful.

You see, this is the very first prototype of its kind.  This handle is comprised of 30 styrofoam cups.  That’s right, 30 of them!  We’re perfecting a technique that re-shapes normally wasted styrofoam cups and packing material into something that will be used again and again rather than ending up in the dump.

For those of you who think that using a material like this is wrong and will only perpetuate it’s construction, I ask… what else is being done with it?  I do not buy any new stryofoam, I simply use up the smoothie cups, meat trays and packing material that would normally end up in land fills.  When the day comes that I can’t find any used styrofoam, this brush handle material will vanish from my repertoire and I’ll be content.

Even if the world ceased production of styrofoam today what happens to all of it that’s left in the world?  I don’t want to see this crap floating in the ocean or drifting on the breeze at the local dump.  I want to see this stuff compressed and re-used to infinity.  Did you know it takes styrofoam up to 1000 years to “break down”???  Or that we currently add over 25,000,000 ( that’s right 25 million) cups to the dump every year! I know that my little brush handles may not completely erase that damage but I hope that it may inspire others to rethink uses for this garbage material!

Cheers

Brad

 

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