Our vacuum cleaner broke.
The repairman said it would be cheaper to replace it than to repair it. We took his advice and bought another one -- the path of least resistance.
But it bothered me that discarding the old blue vacuum, useful for 20 years, would condemn it to spend eternity in a landfill.
Its useful life was short. Plastic is forever.
Charlotte Mouquin asked me to make a table centerpiece for a gala dinner for the Pelham Arts Center. The theme was "bloom." So I took apart the vacuum, exploring opportunities to give it a second life by finding another use for its eternal materials. The old blue vacuum blossomed into something new ...
We owe it to our planet to explore new uses for old materials.