An installation entitled “Let’s discharge less garbage!” is taking place from July 15 to August 31 at L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien St., Hanoi, and includes works using recycled materials to convey a strong message to the community: Let’s protect the environment and planet by minimizing plastic waste.

Due to the current consumption and usage habits of Vietnamese people, the country is among the leading nations in the world discharging large amounts of plastic waste into the environment. As earlier reported by renowned NGOs in the environmental field, Vietnam’s 96 million people discharge hundreds of thousands of tons of plastic waste into the environment each year. Such waste takes 150 to 300 years to completely disintegrate.

In Hanoi alone, more than 6,400 tons of waste are discharged into the environment daily, including a lot of plastic waste, and the number is constantly increasing each year. This not only has a negative impact on the environment but also affects people’s health. According to environmental activists, with the current rate of littering and without any restrictive measures, sooner or later the whole country will be immersed in garbage, both rural and urban areas.

Therefore, the “Let’s discharge less garbage!” installation featuring artworks created by Vietnamese and international artists using scrap and recycled materials promises to send meaningful messages and bring a new perspective on production and consumption methods by using recycled materials and stimulating creativity among the public through creating artworks made from plastic waste.

Along with the installation, organizers are also introducing practical tips on using plastic products and other alternative materials for a better, healthier life. As a side activity of the exhibition, an interactive space for children will also be conducted to help educate young children through fun and educational activities related to the environment. “Let’s raise awareness about environmental protection to protect our own life, starting from the habit of limiting plastic waste into the environment from now on,” according to organizers.

The exhibition is within the framework of the “City Quality - Quality of Life” project, held under a cooperative effort between the Hanoi People’s Committee, the Île-de-France region, and Paris Region Expertise Viet Nam (PRX), with support from the French Development Agency (AFD).