UP­CY­CLING TIN CAN, UP­CY­CLING LIV­ING

Palawan Daily News - - Feature - By JC Enon as told to Kia Jo­hanna Lamo

Be­liev­ing that a trash is not just trash, when there is trash, there is al­ways a cash.

I am Jc Enon, a 24-yearold Palaweño, and I am a moto-in-can artist.

“Moto-in-can” means ve­hi­cles or mo­tor­cy­cle in can be­cause I make tin cans into mini mo­tor­cy­cle, jeeps, bikes and other more.

Tin cans are not just soda cans that you’ll put on a bin af­ter get­ting it emp­tied. For me, my up­cy­cled tin cans, up­cy­cled my life.

TIN CAN TO THIN CASH

JD Ic­co­heim, my one and only son, when born, for some rea­sons had to be in the ICU and I needed more money for it. I was sip­ping a drink when I saw a can of soda.

My neu­rons stinged my brain cells un­til I come up in an idea of do­ing art­work through tin cans.

I posted it on­line, and the next day, it was sold for P500.

From that day on, I learned to value a trash and it’s called up­cy­cling. AN UP­CY­CLED TRASH UP­CY­CLED MY LIFE

I grad­u­ated AB Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence in Palawan State Univer­sity, I al­ways wanted take the line of Fine Arts but there are no uni­ver­si­ties that of­fer this course.

Yet, I still prac­ticed my pas­sion in arts. I paint, and I am a skater.

Un­til one day, I dis­cov­ered moto in cans, I prac­ticed mak­ing art­works through tin cans and I formed them into mini bikes, tri­cy­cles and jeeps.

I learned the art of “Up­cy­cling” with this, giv­ing higher value to some­thing through newer de­signs and in­no­va­tions.

The great­est thing about my pas­sion with mak­ing tin cans into an “obra” is that I get to in­spire and con­vince peo­ple to do the same. Pick up a trash and turn into some­thing even more valu­able.

Once you put that can in a trash can, it be­comes a trash, but if you turn them into an art­work, it will be your legacy.

Amazed by the fact that my pas­sion in­spired peo­ple to be an artist not for them­selves but also for the environment, for the next gen­er­a­tion to come, and to be an eco-artist.

Restau­rants, stalls and other more con­tacts me when­ever they have tin cans that I could up­cy­cle, this way, I en­cour­age them to seg­re­gate and ap­pre­ci­ate a piece of can.

It’s a cloud nine how I get to touch lives and help save na­ture through my art­work.

I may not clean all the trashes around me, but at least I help lessen it. At least, I did some­thing.

I am so much in­spired by do­ing this be­cause, first, I love what I am do­ing.

Next thing is that I help con­serve the environment through up­cy­cling.

Third one is that when there is no money in art, there is money with trash.

I can also ex­press my love for the na­tion through this. Most of my art­works are turned to minia­ture tri­cy­cle, mo­tor­cy­cles, bikes and jeeps, which is the ba­sic mode of trans­porta­tion in the prov­ince.

Lastly, I don’t want my son to grow up in a pile of trash, I want him to see a clean and green city, that is why I am do­ing this.

For me, up­cy­cling trashes up­cy­cled my life, too.

GAIN RISK TO GAIN IN LIFE

I worked as a full time em­ployee in a bank back then, the salary was great but I chose to be a full time eco-artist.

It was a risk. It’s tak­ing a dark jour­ney but I chose to light it my jour­ney. I worked hard for it, I worked hard for it be­cause I love it, striven for it be­cause this will not only help the environment, but it has be­come by bread and but­ter.

Min­san nga biniro ko ‘yung mi­sis ko, ha­bang nag-with­draw sya sa ATM, sabi ko yung la­tang nasa ba­sur­a­han, mas ma­hal pa ‘yung gagawin ko dyan kaysa sa wini-with­draw niya.

Yes, I love my pre­vi­ous job and with all due re­spect to it, I could say that the risk is more than worth it.

I earn money from it so I could save for my fam­ily, I sell my art­work from P500 above and I have clients who or­der bulk of art­works while some are walk-in clients.

Most of my clients re­quest to cus­tom­ize for tro­phies, dis­plays and all.

I am plan­ning to level up my “tin can gam­ing” soon, i dream to build my­self an ex­hibit and hopes for more clients to come. UP­CY­CLE YOUR LIFE TO HEIGHTEN ITS VALUE

Other than car­ing for the na­ture, up­cy­cling taught me an­other thing in life; life is al­ways a tin can, it would not be valu­able if you don’t up­cy­cle it, if you don’t work to be the best ver­sion of your­self.

Tin can also taught me how to ap­pre­ci­ate small things. It taught me how to look at things from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.

I’m not chang­ing these cans. These cans changed me. I could say that I am a bet­ter per­son with this. I get to train my­self to be in­no­va­tive and pro­duc­tive.

I get to do some­thing for the na­ture so my son could grow up in a clean city, with fresh air.

The key to this is to use your imag­i­na­tion, the high­est form of re­search. The only limit is your imag­i­na­tion. Al­bert Ein­stein once said, “Imag­i­na­tion is more im­por­tant than knowl­edge. For knowl­edge is lim­ited, whereas imag­i­na­tion em­braces the en­tire world, stim­u­lat­ing progress, giv­ing birth to evo­lu­tion.”

So, go grab your tin can, up­cy­cle it and it will up­cy­cle the value of your life.

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