“Fantastic Plastic”: 13 designer objects from recycled waste

"Fantastic Plastic": 13 designer objects from recycled waste

“Fiction Plastic” is the second exhibition project of the Moscow Museum of Design in the space of the New Tretyakov Gallery.

40 foreign and Russian designers take part in it.

The exposition presents more than 300 objects created from processed and secondly used plastic.

After the forced break, caused by the second wave of the Pandemia of Coronavirus, the exhibition again opened on January 21 and will last until May 30, 2021.

Below we talk about the most striking exhibits of the project.


Polyarus bags Designer, founder of the Polyarus brand – Alexander Polyarus – has been sewing bags and backpacks of non -woven banners, seat belts, automobile and bicycle chambers for more than five years.

One of its largest projects is cooperation with Adidas.

After the 2018 World Cup, Adidas had 2 thousand square meters.

m of banners that they wanted to use a second time.

So Polyarus chopers from recycled advertising stretch marks – gifts to athletes, clients and partners.

Alexandra also created projects for the Russian Museum, Gazprom Neft and Sberbank.

Polyarus bags (photo: Moscow Museum of Design) 2.

Naval chair No.

111 EMECO is an American company for the production of chairs, most of which are made of processed materials manually.

The history of the enterprise is rooted in 1944, when the first “naval chair” was designed for the US Navy.

Then the model was released from recycled aluminum, because during the Second World War this material became scarce.

Recognized by an icon of design, the “naval chair” is still produced.

In 2010, Coca-Cola offered EMECO cooperation to reduce the number of plastic bottles falling on landfills.

As a result, a new model of this chair from modern recyclables appeared – plastic.

Each chair takes 111 used bottles made of polyethylenertalate (PET).

Since the presentation of the model, more than 270 thousand chairs have been sold, that is, about 30 million bottles have been saved.

Navy Chair 111 (Photo: Moscow Museum of Design) 3.

Futurecraft and Primeblue sneakers Parley is a social movement that wants to change the consumer attitude of people to the planet, to form environmental consciousness through education and interaction.

Over the years, it attracts well -known companies and creative people to increase the awareness of society about how serious the problem of plastic accumulation in oceans.

Parley is active in cleaning ocean waters and collaborates with commercial firms, looking for the use of collected plastic.

One of the partners of Parley was the German corporation Adidas, which assumed the obligation to reduce the harm caused by their production to nature.

First of all, this concerns the use of polyester, which is very common in the sports industry due to its characteristics: it dries quickly and weighs little.

In 2019, most Adidas T -shirts and sneakers were made using environmentally friendly technologies, and in some special collections created in cooperation with Parley, all products are 75% of the secondary polyester.

In 2020, the company introduced the environmentally friendly collection of PrimeBlue.

These are sports tops, t -shirts, leggings, shorts and sneakers made of processed material, which contains 50% of ocean plastic.

Other designers – in particular, the Englishwoman Stella McCartney – also joined the Parley movement.

Sneakers made of processed plastic (photo: Moscow Museum of Design) 4.

Collection of clothing “Raw materials to protect oceans” Bionic Bionic produces high -quality fabrics and polymers made of plastic, collected in different reservoirs and on their shores.

The bionic yarn developed by the Bionic Yarn is universal: it can be used as an independent thread or as part of fabrics for suitcases, carpets, shoes, cars, swimwear, ropes and other products.

Bionic collaborates with brands such as Timberland, Hunter Douglas, Moncler and Chanel.

Rapper Farrell Willyms, part-time creative director of Bionic, created several collections for the Dutch brand G-Star Raw.

The name of the 2015 jeans collection – “raw materials to protect the oceans” (“Raw for the Oceans”) – beat the very name of the brand.

All these models are sewn from “bionic yarn” with a high content of processed oceanic plastic.

RAW for the Oceans collection (Photo: Moscow Design Museum) 5.

Skateboards from processed fishing nets Bureo Bureo collaborates with fishermen living on the coasts of South America, and turns released fishing networks into high -quality consumer goods: skateboards, sunglasses, elements of board games, furniture and much more.

Studies have shown that the nets and networks make up 10% of ocean plastic and pose a serious threat to marine inhabitants and underwater ecosystems.

The production process in Bureo begins with the collection of utilized fishing networks by the Chilean coastal communities.

The raw materials are cleaned and sorted by type.

Prepared materials are crushed and rafted into granules, which are then formed, becoming a new product.

In partnership with Carver, Bureo has developed two skateboards.

Their decks are completely made of networks.

The production of the Minnow Cruiser model requires about 3 square meters.

m recess, for AHI Performance Cruiser – approximately 5 square meters.


Bureo X Carver skateboard (photo: Moscow Design Museum) 6.

Revised nylon Econyl Under the ECONYL brand, a revolutionary material is produced for the fashion industry and interior design – regenerated nylon, or ecoral.

Of these threads identical to the primary branded nylon, extremely durable swimwear, bags and carpets are obtained.

Famous brands, including Prada, Burberry, Adidas and H&M, use a restored nylon to create products that can be processed again and again without loss of quality.

Econil production begins with the collection of waste – fishing nets, carpet coatings, fabrics and industrial plastic – according to landfills around the world, from the seas and oceans.

Recyclables are sorted and cleaned to extract maximum nylon from it, and thanks to the intensive regeneration process, nylon waste is returned to the initial level of purity.

Every 10 thousand tons of the econyl threads can save 70 thousand barrels.

oil and reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by 57.

1 thousand tons.

Econyl X Prada backpack (photo: Moscow Design Museum) 7.

Plastic doom Galina Larina is a graphic designer, an illustrator, a researcher, an eco -activist and creator of the Plastic Doom brand who specializes in the secondary use of polyethylene packages to create new functional clothing, accessories and interior items.

The main ideas of the brand are conscious consumption, waste processing and a reasonable attitude to natural resources.

Galina herself made a plastic melting car herself.

As raw materials, it uses plastic bags collected in public institutions.

The method of alloying from them is made by raincoats, panamas, umbrellas, backpacks and even furniture.

The first collection of the designer was shown on the territory of the Bakery creative space in Moscow, after which it became part of the Wearable Expressions exhibition in California.

The products created as part of the project were also exhibited in Los Angeles (USA), Tbilisi (Georgia) and Eindhoven (Netherlands).

Galina Larina’s design raincoat (photo: Moscow Design Museum) 8.

“Folk Pavilion” Overtereders W and Bureau Sla Overtreders W is an Amsterdam spatial design agency, founded in 2006 by a Rinder Bakker and Hester Van Dyck.

Bureau SLA architect Peter Van Asse has existed since 2002 and also has been in Amsterdam.

The main place of meetings and the central discussion platform at the Dutch Design Week in 2017 was the “PEOPLE’s PAVILION).

Having received an order for the design of the facility, the Overtereders W and Bureau SLA offered an extraordinary approach to “green construction”.

All materials necessary to create a pavilion with an area of 250 square meters.

m, leased for nine days.

The principle of “100% of loan” suggested that the details could neither screw, nor glue, or drill, or saw: they had to return to the owners intact.

The details were fastened together with straps and steel ribbons.

The tiles were made from household plastic waste according to their own project by Bureau SLA and Overtereders W.

“The People’s Pavilion” thereby opens up new prospects in “Green Architecture”: expressive design in it is combined with the formation of new social partnerships and the use of intellectual construction technologies.

“People’s Pavilion” (photo: Moscow Museum of Design) 9.

Press for processing plastic waste Bulyash Todaeva is an industrial designer, an engineer in the field of sustainable development, co -founder of the studio Birzha and the author of Zerowaste.


Todaeva project “Press Plastic” – a press for processing plastic waste into sheet material – became the winner of the Lexus Design Award Russia Top Choice 2020.

The project goals – the development of technical and organizational solutions at enterprises for the transition to the closed cycle, minimizing production waste.

The exposition presents finished products – the result of experiments with processed plastic: furniture, accessories and other items of art and design.

Sheets from processed plastic Press Plastic project (photo: Moscow Design Museum) Press Plastic Bar with upholstery (photo: Moscow Museum of Design) 10.

Furniture and lamps of spent nylon Hot Wire Extensions A young environmentally friendly brand, founded in London, Swiss designer Fabio Andri, introduces a completely new way to produce on the basis of his experiments with materials and design methods.

A spent nylon powder is involved in this process-waste of selective laser sintering (SLS) at 3D printing.

Usually it is used several times, and then thrown away.

Hot Wire Extensions from processed materials (photo: Moscow Museum of Design) Inside the container filled with a mixture of quartz sand and nylon powder, nichrome wire is placed.

An electric current is passed through it – nylon is melted and takes a given form.

Thus, a bulky substance turns into a solid, perfectly soldered material, similar bones.

This technology opens the boundless possibilities for creating objects of various forms, sizes and purpose.

Hot Wire Extensions makes furniture, lamps, sculptures and spatial installations, and also performs special orders.

Among the clients of Fabio Andrey are state institutions, design galleries, shops and private individuals.

Hot Wire Extensions eco-Mabel production process 11.

The New Raw project “Print your city” Research design master The New Raw is located in Rotterdam.

The founders of the studio strive to close the production cycles, reduce the release of carbon dioxide, rally the community and support local manufacturers.

They see the key to a stable future in a combination of design thinking, a thorough study of materials and robotization of production.

“Print your city” is an experiment on the use of plastic waste when designing urban space.

The very name of the project calls for action, unites people in order to jointly process plastic and turn it into raw materials, from which furniture for public places is made by 3D printing.

Park benches of the New Raw project printed on a 3D printer (photo: Moscow Museum of Design) All objects are ergonomic and equipped with additional functions – provide, for example, bicycle parking.

The first product issued as part of the project was the XXX bench, developed by the order of the municipality of Amsterdam.

The manufacture of one bench goes exactly as many plastic waste as the average pair of Amsterdams produces per year.

In addition, the project demonstrated its potential in Thessaloniki (Greece) in the framework of the “Unlocking Future” campaign organized by Coca-Cola.

The New Raw workshop introduced there from street furniture items there.


Collection of clothing Rethinking As part of the Rethining project, Jacob Yakubov, an artist, a galleryist and founder of the WHO I AM brand, explores the potential of processed materials.

“Rethinking” (“rethinking”) was the name of the exhibition held in his gallery, where the sculptures of Katerina Sadovsky and Lilia Lili-Miyan were presented, as well as the capsule collection of clothing created by artists together with Who I AM.

Things from this collection are partially or completely made from recyclables.

The synthetic material of Biflex from processed fibers was actively used: a dress and overalls were made from it.

A transparent cloak is made of secondary PET film.

A shirt and an organza dress are decorated with PET-list sequins: these are usually used for outdoor advertising.

The Rethinking project prompted artists to turn to new materials for them, and in this context the plastic is no longer perceived as a problem, but as a resource for creativity.

Transparent plastic shirt (photo: Moscow Design Museum) 13.

Clock filled with oceanic microplastics Since 2016, Neil Brody has been using secondary plastic, transformed into copyright material – “Ocean Terrazzo”.

This material is produced using the same technology as the usual terrazzo, but instead of granite or marble crumbs, the Nile fades hundreds of tiny pieces of plastic into the resin.

So it creates coatings for his collection of furniture.

“Sanding” clock Capsule (photo: Moscow Museum of Design) In 2019, the Nile introduced the “capsule” (“capsule”) – a modern sand clock filled with pieces of microplasty found in the Pacific Ocean.

This is rather an invitation to a dialogue than a functional object.

The artist wants to remind the viewer how little time we have to save the planet.

Creating such objects, the Nile acts as an environmental activist and calls for people consciously relate to the use of natural resources.

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