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Friday, May 3, 2013

PET Bottle Lamps by Alvaro Catalan de Ocon

Pet Bottle Chandelier by Alvaro Catalan de Ocon

The PET Bottle Chandelier by Alvaro Catalan de Ocon was developed as a way to address the problem of pollution generated by the use of plastic bottles. Inspired during a trip to the Colubian Amazon in 2011, Alvaro collaborated with two distinct groups of artisans from the Cauca region who had been displaced by guerilla war to Bogota. Together they have been giving new life and shape to the PET bottle since 2012, which gave rise to PETlamp.org.


Artisan weaves shade from PET bottle

Using the split surface of the PET bottle as the base on which to weave, local craftsmen then use threads created from the recycled PET bottles to create their original designs. The original bottle top remains in place  to funnel the electrical wiring and to serve as a visual reminder of the original source material.  You can get all the info or place an order on the official site at http://petlamp.org/