Recycled plastic panels by Smile Plastics

Material made from recycled plastic bottles by Smile Plastics

As always, there was a stunning array of design and homeware on display at Tent London this year. The only downside is coming away wanting to own everything in sight – they must be doing something right.

One of the stands that stood out was Smile Plastics. Not only do their recycled plastic panels come in beautiful colours and patterns, the differing appearance of each type is down to the waste stream it derives from. ‘Bottle’ pictured above is made from recycled plastic bottles and features beautiful flecks of colour that have the quality of a painting.

Material made from recycled plastic yoghurt pots by Smile Plastics at London Design Fair 2016

The handmade recycled plastic panels are made from 100% recycled plastic and are 100% recyclable. They can be used at any scale, be it for construction or for jewellery. ‘Yoghurt’ above, is made of waste from the manufacturing of yoghurt pots.

Recycled plastic panels made from recycled plastic yoghurt pots and seed trays by Smile Plastics

Smile Plastics also creates limited editions such as Explorer, a hybrid of recycled yoghurt pots and seed trays, launched at Milan Design Week 2016. But it’s not all about looks. The material feels smooth, warm and luxurious to touch. It’s hard to imagine that it’s made out of plastics that we throw away every day.

Blue Dapple Recycled plastic panels made from chopping board offcuts by Smile Plastics

Blue Dapple (above) is made from offcuts and scrap from the manufacture of chopping boards. Blue veins are added during the recycling process.

Interior object made of recycled plastic panels by Margot Hamelin

Want to see some real life applications of this material? Go to the Smile Plastics gallery. Pictured above is a beautiful interior object by Margot Hamelin.

Stay tuned for more picks from London Design Fair 2016.

Images via Smile Plastics

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).