Up and down the country, little silver canisters can be spotted thrown across the urban landscape of major cities. They contain Nitrous Oxide or ‘laughing gas’ and are made in Taiwan for the catering industry.
Inhaled via the use of a balloon, this NOZ gas is being used by teenagers across the UK as a drug. It is seen as a gateway drug, leading users onto more dangerous and addictive drugs.
These images form part of an exhibition called The Urban Forager curated by designer Michelle Lowe Holder, to be shown at The London Design Festival in September. The campaign highlights the material waste caused by the use of NOZ and the consequences it has on the environment.