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Recovered Colors
2018 (2 weeks)

Recover Colors is a product line that draws attention to water quality and puts these wasted resources back into use.

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What if you could recover color from our polluted water sources?

Recovered Colors is a project to reclaim and salvage raw materials while purifying water. These pigments can then
be turned into items that spread awareness of the mining of these minerals and their impact on our water systems.

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Recovered Colors

The watercolors showcase the recovered color pigment project. Each color draws attention to a different water contaminant. 

Color Sources

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Red
Manganese(III)
Dichromate
Cadmium sulfide
Selenium

Yellow
Cobalt(III) 
Iron(III) tetrachloro complex
Chromate
Cadmium sulfide
Arsenic sulphide

Blue
Vanadyl(IV)
Chromium(II)
Copper(II)
Aluminum Silicate
Azurite
Carbon composites

Black
Carbonized material
Iron oxide

White
Titanium
Zinc

Watercolor and Ink Set

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Brush bristles
Made from stretched and spun PET bottles. Because the bristles and handle are meltable plastics, it doesn’t waste glue and extra metal to secure the bristles to the handle.

Pen and Inkwell
The pen is a playful plastic tip fountain pen. The body is made from recycled HDPE/ ocean plastics, its nib is made from PET bottle plastic, and the cap is recognizable as a water bottle cap.

Ink
Ink retrieved from iron oxide waste.

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Pen Nib
The pen nib is inserted by heating and compressing the open pen end.

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Plastics
The bristles made from stretched and spun PET bottles and the pen nib is made from PET bottle plastic

The handles and inkwell are made from recycled HDPE/ ocean plastics

The cap of the ink well is made from polypropylene water bottle caps.