plastic recycling

26
MAR
2019
Charlotte Kidger recycled industrial waste furniture

INTERVIEW: Charlotte Kidger creates furniture made from recycled industrial waste

Material designer Charlotte Kidger showcased her work at the London Design Festival last year. With plastic named as the Material of the Year, her collection of furniture is made from recycled industrial waste – polyurethane foam dust, which is a byproduct of 3D model... Read More →
28
JUL
2018
Bottletop flagship store Regent Street London

3D printed interior at Bottletop store on Regent Street

Bottletop have been creating their signature handbags made from recycled aluminium ring pulls since 2002. The brand collaborates with artisans in Brazil, Kenya, Nepal and Indonesia, whilst also running a number of global initiatives through The Bottletop Foundation, which you can... Read More →
18
JUL
2018

5 of the best art installations made from waste CDs

In an age of Netflix, Spotify and iTunes, we continue to leave behind a large trail of redundant CDs and DVDs. Turning those discs made from layers of aluminium and polycarbonate plastic into something useful, let alone beautiful is no easy feat. In the UK, only a handful of... Read More →
27
MAY
2018
Recycled plastic dark grey kitchen cabinets by IKEA

10 IKEA homeware products made of recycled plastic

Any discussion around the eco-friendly values of IKEA is guaranteed to provoke hot debate. Even if they are able to make their manufacturing more sustainable, can they ever shake off the transient throwaway image we associate with their products? IKEA calls to mind, mass-produced... Read More →
14
APR
2018
Radiator chair

10 of the wildest chair designs made from repurposed materials

When it comes to reusing unwanted materials in an innovative way, it seems the humble seat can be made from just about anything. Looking at the designs below, seating can also surprise and delight as a striking art piece. If you’re sitting comfortably, read on to see some... Read More →
18
FEB
2018
Veronika Richterová fishes plastic bottle art

8 incredible examples of plastic bottle art and installation

The concept of plastic bottle art initially evoked flashbacks of Blue Peter’s Here’s one I made earlier. It’s hard to believe that something as ubiquitous as a used plastic bottle could ever be turned into a thing of beauty. There has been recent media attention... Read More →
30
DEC
2017
Reclaimed wood table

9 eco friendly furniture brands in the UK and Europe

Definitions of ‘eco friendly’ can get confusing because it’s hard to quantify exactly much how one manufacturing process or material can be considered less harmful to the planet than another. Furthermore, when a company makes loose claims about being... Read More →
25
NOV
2017
Tree of Glass by Lee Broom

5 of the best zero waste Christmas trees

I used to believe that Christmas just isn’t Christmas, without a real tree. There’s just too much nostalgia associated with that familiar pine scent. But our obsession with having a real tree, is costing us. In 2014, it was estimated that 160,000 tonnes of Christmas... Read More →
24
SEP
2017
Pentatonic-x-Starbucks-chair

Revolutionary eco friendly furniture by Pentatonic made from post-consumer waste

Amongst the hundreds of exciting events that have been kicking off at London Design Festival 2017, the launch of Pentatonic‘s eco friendly furniture stood out from the crowd. As you can see for yourself at their pop-up showroom on Chance Street, Shoreditch, Pentatonic have... Read More →
07
JUL
2017
Poolside lounger made from recycled boat sail

10 outdoor furniture designs made from recycled materials

We may be a long way from eliminating waste plastic from the planet completely but more and more designers and manufacturers are finding new and alternative ways to make use of the material, one of them being outdoor furniture. Here are a handful of examples, plus some other... Read More →
04
OCT
2016
wooden stool made from recycled plastic bottle joinery

New life for recycled plastic bottles as furniture joinery

Making something useful with discarded plastic drinking bottles is one thing. Reusing them to make something useful AND aesthetically gratifying, is a whole other (much more difficult) ball game. These little stools don’t just look effortlessly cool however, they pioneer a... Read More →
29
SEP
2016
Debris Chair made from ocean waste textile by Carmen V Machado

Chairs made from ocean waste textile

Cockpit Arts is a London-based business incubator for craftspeople at the start of their careers. At this year’s London Design Fair, they presented the marvellous Debris Chair by Carmen V Machado. As part of her MA project at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Carmen... Read More →
24
SEP
2016
Recycled plastic panels made from plastic bottles by Smile Plastics

Recycled plastic panels 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... Read More →
20
JAN
2016
Lumiere-London-2016-photo-by-Will-Eckersley

Lumiere London 2016

Last weekend, the chilly capital was aglow with dazzling light installations, projections and sculptures by various artists for 2016’s Lumiere festival by Artichoke. Among the 30 installations at Lumiere London was a piece called Litre of Light by Mick Stephenson, located... Read More →
02
JUN
2015

Upcycled Barbie dolls jewellery by Margaux Lange

Now here’s a project that may raise a few eyebrows. Jewellery made from dismembered dolls can be too macabre for some, but The Plastic Bodies series is a thought provoking collection that will induce both repulsion and intrigue. Upcycled Barbie dolls is a new one on us, and... Read More →
12
APR
2015
Art made from upcycled PET bottles by Veronika Richterova

Upcycled plastic bottle creations by Veronika Richterová

Czech artist Veronika Richterová is an aficionado when it comes to the upcycled plastic bottle. Using heat and various methods of technological processing, she has created curious translucent ephemeral sculptures, lighting and installation from recycled plastic PET bottles. Her... Read More →
05
APR
2015
Multiplasticas lighting sculpture made from upcycled plastic trash by Brunno Jahara

Lamps made from litter by Brunno Jahara

These intriguing functional works of art are made from litter collected by the National Recycling Group in São Paulo, Brazil. Brunno Jahara is the talent behind the vividly coloured lamps and vessels which he produced in 2012. His aim was to draw attention to the amount of... Read More →
18
JUN
2014
Luz Interruptus

Installation of plastic bottle rejects by Luz Interruptus

Labyrinth of Plastic Waste is an installation by Luzinterruptus which featured in Poland’s Katowice Street Art Festival last month. “We were looking to demonstrate, in a poetic manner, the amount of plastic waste that is consumed daily, in addition to focusing... Read More →
11
MAY
2014

Upcycling by Athens collective Kollektivemind*

Kollektivemind* are an Athens based design team specialising in architectural research and implementation. Projects such as Argallios (loom) pictured above explore the potential of reuse and upcycling. Argallios took place at a primary school on the island of Crete and made use... Read More →
20
NOV
2013

Light installations made from waste at the Lumiere Festival

Last week the incredible Lumiere Festival lit up the city of Durham, UK.  The festival showcased stunning light installations by artists from all over the world. One of the works on show was Litre of Light by My Shelter Foundation, a Filipino charity that has brought light to... Read More →
28
AUG
2013

Bic biro chandeliers by Lucas Munoz

Proving humble objects have more to offer than first meets the eye, these lights and chandeliers are all made from Bic biro pens.  The Spanish designer Lucas Munoz took his inspiration from the 1920’s Charleston fringe and combined it with an iconic 20th-century object... Read More →
23
JUL
2013

Jewellery made from found objects by Jasmine Matus

Jasmine Matus is a contemporary jeweller and maker from Sydney.  Experimenting with concepts, materials and scale, her pieces often juxtapose unconventional materials, pairing precious metals with plastics, paint, wood, felt and found objects.  She says “Jewellery is... Read More →
30
APR
2013

Repaired buckets by Cordula Kehrer

According to the children’s song, the response to ‘there’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, dear Liza’ is ‘with a straw, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry’ – a make do and mend principle taken literally by German designer... Read More →
11
FEB
2013

Creatures crafted from broken electronics

These charming creatures are all made from broken electronics and machine parts, mobile phones and salvaged scraps, cleverly put together by Rhode Island artist Ann P. Smith whose work has been exhibited across the United States.  Her portfolio includes goats, birds, jellyfish,... Read More →
05
NOV
2012

Jewellery made from bottle tops and biros by Plastic Seconds

Plastic Seconds is a playful range of limited edition jewellery that’ll get you noticed.   Designed by Maria Papadimitriou, all the materials used are found objects such as biro lids, lego and plastic bottle tops that cannot be recycled.  Check out more of her amazing work... Read More →
26
MAY
2012

NUBE Lights made from plastic bags

At first glance it’s hard to decipher what the NUBE light is made from.  Their unique shape is actually achieved with recycled carrier bags.  Depending on size, each light is made from between 10 and 100 reclaimed bags.  Chorch is the Argentinian brand that makes them and... Read More →
11
NOV
2011

Bowerbirds and their upcycling instincts

So today we turn to nature for inspiration.  The Bowerbird is the ultimate upcyclist – a bird that inhabits the tropical regions of New Guinea and northern Australia, famously known for its courtship behaviour (and flair for interior design).  The males build a structure... Read More →
01
MAY
2011

Plastic Fantastic: Jewellery made from PET bottles

It’s impossible not to marvel at these stunning pieces by Gülnur Özdağlar which began their lives as plastic bottles.  The Turkish architect who also works in graphic design, photography and digital art has been producing jewellery and home decorations from recycled PET... Read More →