Bridging the Gap with Trash

What better way to help the poor become more sustainable and self sufficient than by connecting them with their environment, economy and community? At Bridging Humanity we accomplish this by showing them how to create artistic and useful products made out of trash. In doing so we inadvertently teach them about the impact their decisions are having on our environment. To toss on the ground or not to toss… This is inherently the question we all need to ask ourselves. In developing countries the poor drink water from plastic pouches. When they are done… they toss the empty pouches any and everywhere. As such the streets in many developing countries are over flowing with empty water pouches. An empty water pouch has no value, or does it? The people we have helped in developing countries eventually realize that trash has enormous potential. This is the tipping point that drives them to embrace their environment. Many of the orphanages we support have followed through with direct action and are repurposing thousands of empty water pouches. Their efforts are serving to make our world a more sustainable and better place. From waste pickers to enterprising entrepreneurs. We are there supporting them and championing them to become passionate stewards and care takers of their environment.

Here is a video of just of one of many ways to repurpose plastic bags and empty water pouches. [youtube][/youtube]

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Tina Cornely is a long standing humanitarian and environmental activist. She is the former Director of Technology of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the former Director of Operations at the Miami Art Museum in Miami, Florida. Ms. Cornely believes that art is healing and revealing. In her own words, we can express with art what we cannot express with words. When we use art to teach others, we help increase their critical thinking skills exponentially. Art can also be a means to generate a revenue source. And when you make art out of trash, everyone benefits.

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