Shreya Gupta
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What A Waste

I participated in the 2018 edition of 36 Days of Type and chose to create tactile letterforms made from materials and products that we waste globally. Each alphabet was made by hand and brings awareness on household and industrial waste behaviours. Hover over the letter to know more about it and click to view on Instagram.

My Letter "E" got featured on Instagram by @36DaysofType

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 Pharma products tend to have long shelf lives: 3 - 5 years, yet the waste generated by expired medicines is alarming #whatawaste 💊♻️

Pharma products tend to have long shelf lives: 3 - 5 years, yet the waste generated by expired medicines is alarming #whatawaste 💊♻️

 The average no. of paper sheets used by an office worker annually is 10,000 and 45% ends up in the bin #whatawaste 📑♻️

The average no. of paper sheets used by an office worker annually is 10,000 and 45% ends up in the bin #whatawaste 📑♻️

 Plastic caps and lids are among the top 5 most deadly ocean trash items #whatawaste ♻️

Plastic caps and lids are among the top 5 most deadly ocean trash items #whatawaste ♻️

 Over 400 million tons of paper + cardboard are being produced worldwide, we discard most of them after shipping #whatawaste 📦♻️

Over 400 million tons of paper + cardboard are being produced worldwide, we discard most of them after shipping #whatawaste 📦♻️

 Cling Film is a single-use plastic product used in super markets to wrap fruits and vegetables that already possess a natural protective layer #whatawaste 🍌♻️

Cling Film is a single-use plastic product used in super markets to wrap fruits and vegetables that already possess a natural protective layer #whatawaste 🍌♻️

 We use an avg. of over 11,000 disposable menstrual products in our lifetime. #whatawaste It's time we move towards more eco-friendly options. ❤️♻️

We use an avg. of over 11,000 disposable menstrual products in our lifetime. #whatawaste It's time we move towards more eco-friendly options. ❤️♻️

 15 billion batteries are produced and sold every year worldwide, most of them are for single-use only #whatawaste 🔋♻️

15 billion batteries are produced and sold every year worldwide, most of them are for single-use only #whatawaste 🔋♻️

 If wasted food were a country it would be the world's 3rd largest producer of CO2 #whatawaste 🍆♻️

If wasted food were a country it would be the world's 3rd largest producer of CO2 #whatawaste 🍆♻️

 Aluminium Foil is 100% recyclable yet we throw a sheet away after using it once #whatawaste ♻️

Aluminium Foil is 100% recyclable yet we throw a sheet away after using it once #whatawaste ♻️

 Tetra Pak Cartons need to be recycled in special units to separate the different materials, only 30% of the global cartons produced are recycled #whatawaste 🍼♻️

Tetra Pak Cartons need to be recycled in special units to separate the different materials, only 30% of the global cartons produced are recycled #whatawaste 🍼♻️

 We almost never use a matchstick till the very end which means 50% of all the trees cut down to make them were never used #whatawaste 🌲♻️

We almost never use a matchstick till the very end which means 50% of all the trees cut down to make them were never used #whatawaste 🌲♻️

 Recycling 1 gallon of paint could save 13 gallons of water and 250,000 gallons of water pollution #whatawaste 🎨♻️

Recycling 1 gallon of paint could save 13 gallons of water and 250,000 gallons of water pollution #whatawaste 🎨♻️

 Plastic straws are the 6th most common type of litter, worldwide #whatawaste 🍹♻️

Plastic straws are the 6th most common type of litter, worldwide #whatawaste 🍹♻️

 Worldwide e-waste generation is expected to be 49.8 million tons in 2018 #whatawaste 📱🔌♻️

Worldwide e-waste generation is expected to be 49.8 million tons in 2018 #whatawaste 📱🔌♻️

 Toilet paper accounts for 15% of worldwide deforestation #whatawaste 🚽♻️

Toilet paper accounts for 15% of worldwide deforestation #whatawaste 🚽♻️

 Millions of CDs become obsolete every year and end up in landfills #whatawaste 📀♻️

Millions of CDs become obsolete every year and end up in landfills #whatawaste 📀♻️

 Styrofoam takes 500 years to forever to decompose and cannot be recycled #whatawaste ♻️

Styrofoam takes 500 years to forever to decompose and cannot be recycled #whatawaste ♻️

 People waste an average of 5,846 beauty products in their lifetime #whatawaste 💄♻️

People waste an average of 5,846 beauty products in their lifetime #whatawaste 💄♻️

 Globally we buy 1 million plastic bottles per minute and each takes 400 years to decompose if not recycled #whatawaste ♻️

Globally we buy 1 million plastic bottles per minute and each takes 400 years to decompose if not recycled #whatawaste ♻️

 Running the tap while brushing your teeth can waste 15 litres of water #whatawaste 💧♻️

Running the tap while brushing your teeth can waste 15 litres of water #whatawaste 💧♻️

 Textile waste is piling up at a catastrophic level thanks to the fast-fashion industry #whatawaste 👕♻️

Textile waste is piling up at a catastrophic level thanks to the fast-fashion industry #whatawaste 👕♻️

 Millions of microbeads, found in detergents and body care products, are washed down the sink and end up in the sea and in our food chain #whatawaste 🛀♻️

Millions of microbeads, found in detergents and body care products, are washed down the sink and end up in the sea and in our food chain #whatawaste 🛀♻️

 14-18 billion plastic spoons are produced each year and most of them are discarded #whatawaste ♻️

14-18 billion plastic spoons are produced each year and most of them are discarded #whatawaste ♻️

 Food packaging accounts for two-thirds of all packaging waste and is recyclable a few times over, but do we? #whatawaste 🍫♻️

Food packaging accounts for two-thirds of all packaging waste and is recyclable a few times over, but do we? #whatawaste 🍫♻️

 Every year we create 1.5 million tons of waste worldwide by throwing away aluminium cans #whatawaste ♻️

Every year we create 1.5 million tons of waste worldwide by throwing away aluminium cans #whatawaste ♻️

 160,000 plastic bags are used globally every second #whatawaste ♻️

160,000 plastic bags are used globally every second #whatawaste ♻️