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The green welly brigade

63_5 There are over 50 groups of plastics, each with hundreds of different varieties, and knowing how to dispose of them ecologically can be daunting. But the good news is that all types can be recycled, and few have made this point more strongly and creatively than Smile Plastics, whose recycled plastic sheets are being turned by designers into stylish, everyday objects as well as stunning works of art.

Technology has a lot to answer for when it comes to our heavy reliance on plastics, and many of Smiles' materials are derived from the increasingly colourful (and shiny) world of computers, personal stereos and mobile phones. But it's their latest sheets, made from shredded kids' wellies that really caught my eye. Showcased at last year's [re] Design exhibition at London's Truman Brewery, the squishy, tactile 'wellie sheets' look a bit like abstract impressionist paintings, bursting with colour. They can be used to make table cloths, bar coverings, bathroom mats and even flooring. Personally, I'd rather like one on my wall...

If you want to know more about how and where to recycle plastics, Waste Online have a no-nonsense guide here.

We covered Smile Plastics about this time last year, but they were too good to let you forget about.

January 15, 2007 in Design & furniture, Recycling | Permalink

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