Artists recycle hundreds of plastic bottles into a dynamic arch in Chiang Mai

February 16, 2017 by  
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Plastic trash is a major problem in Thailand’s beautiful Chiang Mai , but a team of designers has found a way to creatively rethink waste in a positive light. Design collectives VINN PATARARIN and FAHPAV combined handcrafted design with 3D modeling to create Self-Ornamentalize, a temporary installation made from 850 recycled plastic bottles. The experimental pavilion was installed a part of Compeung, an artist-in-residence program hosted at Chiang Mai’s suburban village of DoiSakt. The multidisciplinary team of designers developed Self-Ornamentalize through their discovery that the traditions of local craftsmanship and use of natural materials were fading as the village modernized. Given the proliferation of plastic, the designers saw plastic as the “true local materials of this present day.” Thus, the designers chose plastic bottles as their primary building material. Related: Bottle Seedling House turns bamboo and plastic bottles into shelter for Vietnamese farmers The plastic bottles were broken down by hand to create a textile -like material. The designers used computer modeling to generate the installation’s curved form that measured nine by four meters in size. Self-Ornamentalize was installed on an elevated walkway in the large lake, a major landmark in the village, to maximize visibility. The designers write: “‘Self-Ornamentalize’ is an experiment in totally transformed the unawareness of locals’ identity through technology, materials and craftsmanship towards the wonder of self-discovery in post-modern era.” + VINN PATARARIN

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Margot Krasojevi 3D prints recycled plastic into a delicate Lace LED lamp

January 11, 2017 by  
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Architect and designer Margot Krasojevi? shows off the beautiful possibilities of 3D printing in her latest work, the Lace LED. Made from recycled post-consumer plastics, the LED light diffuser gets its lace-like quality from its layers of geometric shapes that fan out from a central point. The Lace LED is designed as a suspended work of kinetic art . The diffuser is hinged on a pivot that rotates within a frame to create different patterns of light and shadow. “These complex shapes direct LED light through the entire pattern, which diffuses, deflects and refracts light creating a moving shadow whilst focusing it,” write Margot Krasojevi? Architects. “The form is the antithesis of the mass-produced recycled bottles and waste used in its fabrication.” Related: Designer David Grass 3D-Prints Light Bulbs in the Shape of Modern Cityscapes The diffuser’s intricate parametric pattern was created from a digital modeling program. In addition to recycled plastic , the Lace LED is 3D printed in ceramic, polymer, silver, and brass. + Margot Krasojevi? Via v2com Images via Margot Krasojevi?

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The New Raw turns plastic waste into valuable raw material

July 5, 2016 by  
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Every summer, the Greek islands are swarmed with tourists who bring a lot of plastic waste that ends up polluting the country’s beautiful beaches and environment. Among the worst offenders are the plastic water bottles that are left behind. In a bid to transform the plastic waste into a more valuable raw material, a Greece-based team of creatives launched The New Raw , an initiative and hands-on workshop that seeks to provide a sustainable solution to plastic pollution using digital fabrication techniques. Over two dozen participants were invited to upcycle the plastic rubbish. Projects completed include: RE_STOOL, a compression stool for plastic waste; MISSING PART, a construction material for filling in building cracks; PET for Pets, 3D-printed shelters for stray cats; ReCYCLAD3D, a 3D-printing hub for recycled plastic; and BOTTLE UP, a recycling reward system that motivates children to recycle plastic. + The New Raw https://vimeo.com/171463805 The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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SPARK designs solar-powered beach huts made from discarded ocean trash

February 23, 2016 by  
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Eco Domum recycles tons of plastic waste from Mexico into low-income homes

January 25, 2016 by  
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Plastic was supposed to save us, but instead it’s threatened our environment, polluted our waterways, and endangered many of the world’s animals. Despite recycling programs in many parts of the world, an enormous amount of plastic waste escapes collection and winds up in landfills. A Mexico -based startup, Eco Domum (“eco house”), is recovering much of that plastic trash and recycling it into building materials , which are then used to create affordable housing for some of the country’s low-income families. Read the rest of Eco Domum recycles tons of plastic waste from Mexico into low-income homes

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Artist Veronika Richterová turns plastic bottles into beautiful plant and animal sculptures

September 26, 2015 by  
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Future Dutch roadways made of recycled plastic will snap together like LEGO

July 14, 2015 by  
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The Dutch city of Rotterdam may soon be the first to have roads made of recycled plastic waste fished out of world oceans. The city is collaborating with the construction firm VolkerWessels to devise a plan to revolutionize road systems with modular plastic panels that snap together. Read the rest of Future Dutch roadways made of recycled plastic will snap together like LEGO Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dutch plastic roads , plastic bricks that snap together , plastic prefabricated bricks , plastic roads , recycled plastic from oceans , recycled plastic waste , volkerwessels

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Artist Veronika Richterová recycles plastic bottles into beautiful plant and animal sculptures

April 7, 2015 by  
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Thousands of recycled plastic bottles decorate this spectacular LED tree light installation in Nottingham

March 2, 2015 by  
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Booq Launches Stylish Cobra Slim Bag Made From Recycled Plastic Bottle Yarn

October 21, 2014 by  
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At Inhabitat, we’re always amazed by the many surprising ways designers breathe new life into recycled plastic bottles , and Booq’s recently launched Cobra slim bag is no exception. The chic and professional briefcase is made with Bionic® fabric spun from 47% recycled PET and 53% cotton. As a result, the Cobra slim is both rugged and waterproof—attributes perfect for protecting your electronics. The Booq bag retails for $195 and is available on Booq and at other retailers throughout the U.S. + Booq The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bionic fabric , Booq , cobra slim , reader submitted content , recycled PET , recycled plastic bottles , sustainable bag

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