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Reuse of PET plastic bottles with traditional weaving techniques
PET Lamp is a project that mixes the reuse of PET plastic bottles with selected traditional weaving techniques from different corners of the world in order to create unique handmade lampshades. This initiative was founded by the designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón after the first experience in the Colombian Amazon in 2011.
PET bottles can have a second life. There are other ways to accomplish this, but Pet Lamp intended to fuse one of the most produced industrial objects with one of the traditional crafts most rooted to the earth.
The bottles changed from being containers for liquids into being ceiling lamps.
One of the principal hypotheses out of which the PET Lamp project emerged is the possibility to approach a global problem (the waste from plastic PET bottles) with a local activity (the basket weaving tradition).
With the aim of materializing this concept, PET Lamp has taken a further step in this direction, by replicating the experience in new countries noted for their tradition, handcraft techniques and latticed society.
The objective of this project is not solely the obtainment of an attractive and desirable contemporary object, but also to be able to establish a method of working laden with anthropological tones.