With international discussion of the climate emergency and a growing number of local councils taking action on climate change, Blachere Illumination has launched a second eco-responsible range of decorations.
The new range is made from recycled plastic bottles and follows on from their first one made from a sugar-cane based product.
500 billion bottles are produced every year and many of them end up being littered or in the oceans. Indeed, each year, about 8 million tons of waste end up in the oceans and form the 7th continent: a vortex of floating plastics equivalent in size to a third of Europe.
Blachere have decided to tackle plastic pollution by recycling PET (polyethylene terephthalate) from the food industry to create beautiful and innovative decorations using this unique material - rPET (recycledPET).
Salvaged bottles are sorted by colour (from colourless to blue), then crushed into flakes to be shaped for extrusion. The granules resulting from this transformation are then injected into Blachere's 3D printers to create unique blue decorations.
This unrivalled method helps to limit greenhouse gas emissions and to keep nature clean from plastic bottles as far as possible.
“Less plastic bottles for a clean planet and use it to decorate your streets” is a simple objective and message which the illuminations company feels everyone can support.
A video explaining the process and resulting product range can be viewed here.
Read more about Recyprint here.
Information provided by Blachere, edited by Scotland's Towns Partnership.