A NEW GOLD
Plasticiet set out to change the way we view plastic. Rather than a waste material, plastic should be viewed as the new Gold and treated as a highly valued resource – never cast aside. Made in the Netherlands by two designers who tired of the problem created by mass produced, single use plastics that pollute our waterways and landfills, Plasticiet is a collection of high-end fully recycled surfaces for design.
Created with reuse and repurpose in mind, all of the materials use raw ingredients that are easy to recycle and have sizeable, consistent waste streams. Each surface uses a singular material like fully recycled polystyrene or polycarbonate – so every panel can be easily turned into new again and again – never wasted. With the ability to process large volumes of plastic otherwise unwanted or contaminated, destined for landfill or incineration, Plasticiet capture and transform it into a material for furniture, fixtures, architecture and design.
HOW IT'S MADE
Taking plastics from local post-industrial or post-consumer waste sources and sorting them by type, rather than colour makes the production more efficient. What would be waste plastic is shredded or flaked into recycled pellets or chips that Melters fuse together. The way the pellets are dispersed and the melting temperature create unique, but simple organic patterns inspired by the beauty of natural stone. Each type of plastic has its own fluidity and some sources are contaminated so this allows for experimentation within the testing and development stages. Each material then inherits the unique characteristics of the recycled plastics used to make the panel.
As they're all plastic, Plasticiet materials are hardwearing, soft to touch and hygienic. The matte finish comes with deep rich colours that have a look similar to marbled stone, recycled glass, terrazzo or art and can even be customised, like with a modern Memphis or a mother of pearl look that will really last.
The dense, hardwearing, homogenous surfaces can be used with or without a substrate in places like ceiling panels, wall cladding, tiles, doors, signage, chopping boards, knife handles, jewellery, retail and museum displays, furniture, joinery pieces, table tops and work surfaces.
Produced in full press loads of 800 x 800mm square sheets, full scale large sheets are in development. With UV stable and Fire resistant options, Plasticiet designer plastic can be plastic welded, thermoformed, cut and routed or laser etched.
Surface Matter partner with Plasticiet to help bring the circular materials for design to the UK, with material in production to stock at our warehouse in Rye. Bespoke materials with custom colourways or alternate waste streams that can be shredded and melded into new panels can also be produced with a little R+D.