Material Monday: Plastic Joinery

Material Monday: Plastic Joinery

Posted Last Wednesday by Nirvana CPH

The amount of plastic waste we are facing worldwide is insurmountable right now. This week Seetal Solanki of Ma-tt-er discusses the way in which plastic waste can provide a more useful function.

Plastic as a material can take up to 450 years to degrade and in some cases up to 1000 years. Bottles of plastic made from Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET or PETE) will never biodegrade. So how can we utilise all of this pre-existing material into something that provides some use rather than damaging the Earth’s landscape?

Micaella Pedros has created a technique by repurposing PET plastic into a piece of joinery with pieces of reclaimed wood. This very process has been named Joining Bottles and aims to relook at the way in which e design with materials we already have available to us worldwide, enabling a more democratic approach to design. The PET plastic is cut to size and slotted around a chunk of wood which which has indents applied so that the plastic once heated has something to hold onto and create a seal around the wood which in turn creates a join.

The DIY nature of Joining Bottles also provides tools to a multitude of cultural societies across the globe. We all to some extent have an abundance of plastic bottles and pieces of wood we can use to create functional pieces of furniture.

The use of plastic joinery within DIY stores have existed for as long as I can remember. The connection between mass consumption of DIY stores fixtures and fittings and the mass consumption of plastic waste are so deeply connected that it makes a lot of sense to have a new type of joinery created with a similar type of end use.

The beauty of the Joining Bottles project is even though the materials are so universal the interpretation can be so culturally different depending on individuality.

What better way to work with a material.