In order to make our Planet habitable for future generations it is imperative that sustainable options are adopted in the economy of textiles. Reduce, reuse and recycle is the mantra for the same. Plastic bags between 500 billion and one trillion are thrown every year which end up in the landfill.
A Cairo-based design firm Reform Studio has come up with an innovative solution to transform the plastic bags into a fabric, with the intention of extending the life of all that old plastic.
This fabric is made is made by weaving plastic bags on a conventional Egyptian handloom. Also, the fabric also won inaugural Ro Plastic Prize announced at Milan Design Week. The final product made is washable and long lasting as well as it can keep out sand and dust. Also, the small company has saved around 10,336 bags from the landfill and the designers have created a series of four different patterns plain, striped, zebra, and plaid that are all based on available quantities of recycled plastic bags.
They have used the material to manufacture furniture collections; including upholstering the chairs that can be found in many Egyptian coffee shops as well as other more contemporary chair designs with colorful Plastex. The studio also launched a more general collection called “Re” that uses Plastex as its central material and includes high and low stools, benches, storage bags, and placemats.
Keyword: Textiles, Fabric
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Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai
Pragati Maidan, New Delhi