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Why the ‘Home Improvement Effect’ May Be Responsible for an Increased Interest in Plastic Surgery

Encino, CA plastic surgeon George Sanders, MD had never done a virtual consultation until March of this year.

But, once COVID hit, it quickly became commonplace at his practice. 

“At first, there were maybe one or two per week, but then there were many—often several each day,” he recalls. “Not only did patients virtually consult, but they scheduled their surgery in anticipation of the end of the surgery shutdown.”

And the calendar concurs: Since his office reopened for elective procedures in mid-May, the surgery schedule has been filled. “Part of this is due to the backlog of patients who were already scheduled for surgery but had to postpone it. Other patients were planning to have surgery anyway, and now seems like the perfect opportunity.”

However, Dr. Sanders says, there’s a third patient group that never considered surgery and are now drawn to it. 

“When I ask these patients seeking plastic surgery why they are doing it, there are a number of reasons that are given. Home improvement has become a big thing during the pandemic. People are spending more time at home and see the need for home improvement. The same reasoning spills over into plastic surgery—patients have more time to spend looking at themselves and are seeing all sorts of needs that can be met by plastic surgery.”

It also comes as no surprise that many patients are not working, or they are able to work from home and recover there while still doing their job. “This gives those who were thinking about surgery before the pandemic, as well as those who began to think of having surgery during the pandemic, a wonderful opportunity because the element of time is often what is missing from the equation when it comes to recovering from surgery,” Dr. Sanders says.   

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troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup’s recycled plastic

for environmental enthusiasts, boyan slat has become somewhat synonymous with the title ‘teen prodigy.’ back in 2012, the dutch engineering student first floated his concept for the ocean cleanup array—a boyant trash trap that uses natural currents from the pacific ocean to clean the garbage within it. eight years later, the initiative is seeking products to manufacture using the plastic collected from the ocean. developed by troy dunn, the ocean cleanup urban garden planter is a project that took into consideration the guidelines slat gave in various podcasts.

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic

 

 

for boyan slat, a product made with the ocean cleanup collected plastic must be durable in construction, able to retain its value, something people want, should be kept for life, should be easy to use and should encourage social interaction. the ocean cleanup urban garden planter by troy dunn checks all this by creating a product that allows for urban farming, social interaction while being aesthetically pleasing and completely functional.

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic

 

 

featuring three layers, the ocean cleanup urban garden planter is composed of a soil vessel formed with recycled ocean plastics, featuring perforations that allow water to drip down to the water reservoir. waste ABS plastic and AS (acrylonitrile-styrene) are processed to become an absorbent polymer for the planter’s wicks, allowing the plant to water itself. the water reservoir is made of mixed transparent plastics, allowing users to see the water level and preventing over-watering. the base is made from a synthetic cork base formed by low density polyethylene collected from the ocean that prevents wear and tear on concrete.

 

overall, the ocean clean up planter is simple in construction, can be used repeatedly and provides food to local communities.

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic

troy dunn designs an urban garden planter formed with the ocean cleanup's recycled plastic

 

 

project info

 

name: the ocean cleanup urban garden planter

designer: troy dunn

juliana neira I designboom

sep 30, 2020

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