2. Spring Clean

Spring Clean Recycling, cleaning up our environment, collecting plastic from the Thames, the beaches and the foreshore.

We invited you to recycle your used or unloved plastic into a beautiful mandala which not only caused much food for thought about waste, but also much amazement at the items collected from local beaches.

If you’re feeling inspired to take action and help to clean up your local foreshore, find out more from Thames 21

Or volunteer for Rivercare and find out how to protect a river and save the sea.

Browse the other May Mandala galleries HERE.

Find out more about T100 Calling walking festival in Sept 2020 and how you can be involved HERE.

Spring Clean Mandalas by Sally Chinea

Spring Clean mandala by Sally Chinea

Recycle /plastic, using washers nuts and bolts, plastic resists in indigo dying – leave longer and you get rust prints! Throw nothing away!

Taking old bottles and found sea glass to create new things ! Bowls, coasters art… Fused glass!

There is still much debate over the advantages and disadvantages with the recycling of glass on industrial; With the high impact and costs of furnaces, labour and sorting, (still often going abroad) there is still work to be done!

Art glass takes it to another level, creating new pieces from significant glass, each piece has a story to tell, a birthday, a wedding day or other celebration.

Spring Clean Mandala by Michaela Freeman

Today’s mandala is from our recycling bag this week. it made me think about how much we are throwing away every week.

Even if it’s expected to be recycled, it’s not guaranteed – see War on Plastic documentary on BBC iPlayer about recycling being sent abroad and burned there.
Could we reduce it? Can I juice oranges instead of buying the juice? Do we need juice? Can I buy the olives fresh instead of tinned? Should we swap to milk delivered in glass bottles?

Spring Clean Mandalas by Carole Moon

I made this Mandala with the individual pieces that make up the pump on a liquid soap bottle.

This is my mandala for the Spring Clean theme using plastic bottles that I had been collecting for another project. I found a novel way to make paper chains from the bottle labels and the centre piece is the lid of a bottle of spray cream.

Spring Clean Mandala by Emily Moon

I have been collecting plastics since January for an art installation. I was inspired by the Spring Clean theme to use some of the plastic bottles & lids to create a mandala.

Read more about this mandala

My mandala began with the central star of orange Lucozade bottles and I worked my way out from there, increasing in size. This mandala made me very aware of the plastic waste I have produced in the last few months, even though they were destined to be a permanent art installation, I was shocked at the quantity collected and I felt bad. I have been actively decreasing my plastic waste over the past few years but I aim to continue to use less and less plastic, or only those that are currently recyclable in the future.

Spring Clean Mandala by Steve Catchpole

Plastic safety equipment recovered from the Thames by the Grays Beachcombers.
The irony – safety equipment that are actually polluting rivers and oceans and ultimately endangering all life. Especially relevant as we currently see our streets littered with used and discarded PPE.

I hope the Spring Clean mandala will raise awareness/discussion of global plastics problem and the UK contribution. I hope that it will encourage others to recycle at home, not contribute to problem, and the Keep Britain Tidy ethos (litter picking in own street/park/river).