Thanks to LinkedIn, I re-connected with Erin Dorsey, Public Relations Manager for the Office of the Mayor at City of Cleveland. She and I worked together to have my students' Eco-Art exhibit on display at Cleveland's City Hall a couple of years ago (see other posts).
About 8 weeks ago, Erin called to see if I'd be interested in helping to create a mural project for the Eli Lilly day of service. Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical company, has their employees volunteer a day out of their year doing a community service project. They have done all kinds of projects, such as planting trees, trash pick-up, working in soup kitchens, etc. This year, they chose to create art to beautify the J. Glenn Smith Health Center in Cleveland.
Of course, I was thrilled at the chance to participate in this event. I submitted a proposal to Erin and Eli Lilly and my proposal was accepted. I knew the project called for a mural. However, I proposed a mural made out of recycled plastic bottle caps. As long as I could find enough bottle caps, Erin was on board.
After researching sources for recycled plastic bottle caps, I discovered Aveda, maker of hair care and beauty products, collects plastic bottle caps nationwide to recycle into new items. The company's Recycle Caps with Aveda program collects caps through Aveda stores, beauty salons and schools. The caps are shipped to a recycler where they are broken down and re-molded into new caps and containers.
I am in the midst of posting photos to document the process of creating the bottle cap mural. Below are some photos of the bottle caps before and after they were sorted by color. More photos to come....
Aren't they beautiful?