These Ice Pops Are Filled With Plastic and Other Waste

Hoping to deter pollution, artists turned contaminated water into frozen "treats."

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If you licked one of these “treats,” you’d encounter cigarette butts, oil, oozing trash, and a whole lot of plastic and other unsavory pollutants. Three art students collected water from a hundred sites around Taiwan and then froze it into blocks. The artists—Hong Yi-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Zheng Yu-ti—hope to draw public attention to water contamination and inspire people to generate less waste.

Students' Ice Pops Bring Plastic Pollution to (Unappetizing) Life

Ice pops usually look delicious, but these are completely inedible. Give one a lick and you might taste a plastic pollutant or oozing trash. They were made by three art students looking to inspire people to generate less waste through their designs.