At first glance, these popsicles look like artisanal organic treats one might purchase from a food truck. Don’t be tempted to consume them, however — unless you want to be very ill. They are actually made from sewage found in the polluted waters of Taiwan.
Bored Panda reports that three design students, Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti, for the Polluted Water Popsicles Project partnered to create the toxic frozen popsicles. The reason? To raise awareness about increasing water pollution due to rapid economic growth and urbanization.
After polluted water was sourced from 100 different bodies of water, the students from the National Taiwan University of Arts recreated them using transparent polyester resin. They even went as far as making wrappers for the popsicles that reveal the different regions where the water samples were obtained.
Reportedly, about 90% of the trash in the water was plastic — which is a real travesty, considering the material takes hundreds of years to break down and is responsible for polluting the environment and adversely affecting wildlife.
The project raises awareness about using reusable containers, recycling when necessary, and adopting habits that lower one’s carbon footprint — such as consuming a plant-based diet, shopping in bulk and bicycling to work or the store.
Learn more: Polluted Water Popsicles Project
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