The projects submitted to our Save My Oceans contest were innovative and inspirational and were all great examples of the brilliant ways our readers reuse plastics. Each day this week, we’ll highlight one of our top five entries, and we’ll announce the Grand prize winner next Monday. Be sure to check out the entire Save My Oceans Flickr pool for even more great projects.


Olive the Ostrich Plastic Sculpture from Dawn Ferguson.

See more pictures of the sculpture here.

Project Description:

Hundreds of plastic soda bottles were collected, painted, cut, and shaped then attached to a frame made from found wood and wire. The result is Olive the Ostrich made through a combined effort of teachers Dawn Ferguson, Kym Mooreland-Garnett and their 8th grade students at Trinity Prep School in Winter Park, Florida.

Project Inspiration:

How to we get more use from our trash? Found object art can be beautiful and we decided to create a life sized ostrich out of plastic bottles to prove this point.

Rachel Hobson

Rachel Hobson

Rachel Hobson is a writer, editor and social media enthusiast with a background in the DIY/Maker and science/geek communities. She’s also a life-long space geek, and enjoys living five minutes from Houston’s Johnson Space Center where she can get her fill of rockets any time she pleases. Her hobbies include hand embroidery, modern quilting and all things Lego.