Are you a fan of sustainable design? Then, you’ve come to the right place! We present you today 45 ideas of how to recycle plastic bottles and obtain decorative objects. For example, Michelle Brand designed an aesthetic curtain most people would perceive to be waste or rubbish. The fabric is composed of plastic drinks bottle bases, which have been cut, sanded and then tagged together. When asked what kind of special material and craft she applied in her designs, she answered: “I use plastic drinks bottles in my designs. It is so much more challenging to use an existing shape and material. My inspiration came from my method of enquiry about plastic as a material. I deconstructed the material, rather than asked, “what can I make from plastic bottles?”. I applied my creative design, maker, and artistic skills to transform the overlooked into the beautiful. I would like to think that my designs are the Sex in the City of the reuse world!”
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Fashioned as screens, curtains or room dividers, Michelle Brand strings together the flower-like bottoms of plastic bottles for her repurposed creations.
Michelle’s pieces are made-to-order. The Flowerfall is a window dressing that can be used as a privacy screen, with a similar effect to the currently popular patterned window film. The Cascade is more of a room divider or dramatic accent, and Blossom finds the bottle bottoms painted and attached to a string of LED lights.
When asked what inspires her sustainable light design, Michelle Brand answered: “Plastic bottles are designed to carry liquid. Billions has been spent on their design and product marketing. Once a plastic drinks bottle is empty it is perceived as redundant and is throw away. I wanted to challenge this wasteful paradigm. My design philosophy is also my lifestyle philosophy. If you keep the two together they constantly make you reflect more on what you do and make.”