Life-sized elephant sculpture made with 29,649 old batteries to highlight waste

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A life-size elephant figure made from 29,649 used batteries to bring attention to waste

It was a tough tusk, but 29,649 used batteries were used to make this life-sized elephant.

The installation was made to draw attention to the fact that every year in the UK, 20,000 tons of portable cells end up in landfills.

That’s why Duracell, which recovered 170 tonnes of batteries this year, started the “Big Battery Hunt” and asked 1.3 million kids to bring in their old batteries.

A small number of these were used to make the two-ton, 10-foot-tall figure.

The 10 feet high (2.4 metres) sculpture weighs in at nearly two tonnes – a drop in ocean compared to the amount of batteries which end up in landfill every year (Adam Gray/SWNS.COM)

It’s meant to be a graphic tribute to the environmental work that the elementary school kids who took part in the campaign did.

Batteries are often seen as the “elephant in the room” when it comes to recycling, so the project hopes to get a whole new group of people interested in recycling them.

During the summer break, the elephant will be on display at Hanwell Zoo in West London.

Duracell hopes that the saying “an elephant never forgets” will remind us all of how powerful Generation Z is and how they can make huge changes.

It was made by artist and sculptor Tony Diaz of Big Stuff Design. He said, “It took 400 hours and more than 29,000 recycled batteries, but every minute was worth it.”

“Building this elephant has been a humble reminder that anyone can be the spark that starts change.”

The recycled battery elephant sculpture will be on show at Hanwell Zoo, West London during the summer holidays (Adam Gray/SWNS.COM)

“It is so inspiring to see the younger generation actively involved in making the world a better place and teaching their own parents and loved ones about the importance of recycling.”

This year, 1.3 million kids from 5,800 schools across the country were asked to pick up a collection box for the Big Battery Hunt and look for used batteries everywhere they went.

Beau-Jensen McCubbin, a spokesman for Hanwell Zoo, said, “We are proud to be the home of the Big Battery Hunt elephant and want to keep encouraging our visitors to throw away less trash.”

“Our planet and all the amazing species that live on it are in danger, and we all need to do what we can to protect them now more than ever.”

“Everyone needs to do their part to be more eco-friendly, and we want all of our visitors to make a difference by bringing their used batteries to Hanwell Zoo.

“We have bins in place to collect all the used batteries you can find.”

The associate marketing director at Duracell, Christina Turner, said, “Generation Z is speaking out more and more about sustainability.”

‘It is inspiring to see the younger generation teaching their own parents and loved ones about the importance of recycling’ (Adam Gray/SWNS.COM)

“The Big Battery Hunt wants to encourage long-term, good recycling habits by reflecting the sarcastic tone of the young activist movement and shining a light on these young people who are making a difference.”

“The 1.3 million students who took part in the Big Battery Hunt this year really impressed us with how hard they worked. Our recycled battery elephant is a true tribute to all of them.”

It’s been amazing how many schools have taken part this year—over 25% of all primary schools in the UK.”

It looks like a lot of kids are driving change. People think you have to be in elementary school to recycle batteries, but you don’t. It’s a lot easier than people think. It’s possible to do it even at the food store nearby.

On July 31, the life-size elephant sculpture will be at Ealing’s Hanwell Zoo, and people can visit it during the school summer breaks.

All the batteries that were used to build it will be recycled after the holidays.

When school breaks start on July 31, you can visit Hanwell Zoo to see the elephant and recycle your own used batteries.

For the past three years, Battery Back and We Are Futures have worked with Duracell on the Big Battery Hunt program. The goal of the program is to give school children more power and raise awareness about how important it is to reduce battery waste.

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