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LAMPS MADE OUT OF BOTTLES

PET bottles can also be used to produce lamps. And how? The Spanish designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón shows us how. He designed stylish lamps around the used bottles as part of a project in Bogota in Columbia.

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BOTTLE CAPS IN THE BUMPER

The small runabout car Opel Adam is not only produced in Germany, it also offers a number of sustainable features. Old bottle caps from PET bottles have been made into car bumpers. Because the caps form the basis of a plastic granulate which is used to make, among other things, bumper mountings and headlamp housing.

Picture source: © GM Company

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PLASTIC CAPS TO SIT ON

The Capped Out Chair from BRC Design consists of hundreds of colourful bottle caps. Benjamin Rollins Caldwell developed this creative armchair with great attention to detail. The former bottle caps are attached together with zip ties over a steel construction giving the chair its special structure and colourful appearance.

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PET-ART AS AN INSPIRATION

The Czech artist Veronika Richterová shows just what you can do with PET bottles if you have creative and innovative ideas. She makes fascinating sculptures out of used PET bottles – animals, plants, chandeliers, sofas and even a bra are included in her collection. She enjoys working with PET bottles because of their transparency and lightness and also of course because they are available everywhere. Richterová's PET art has already been on display for visitors to admire in exhibitions throughout Europe.

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PET TO SIT ON – THE "111 NAVY CHAIR"

It was originally developed for use on US Navy ships, nowadays it is a classic design piece for dining rooms: the "Navy Chair" by Emeco. After 66 years, the company has decided to present the chair for indoors and outdoors in a new material and instead of using aluminium, to use recycled PET bottles. 111 bottles are delivered by Coca-Cola to make one chair. The new version from 60 percent recycled material is, thanks to PET, not only stylish but also environmentally friendly.

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A LITRE OF LIGHT

Used PET bottles can deliver even more – for example a light source for simple housings. How does it work? The idea comes from students from the University of St. Gallen. The plastic bottle is filled with water and a small amount of bleach and then installed in the roof of the hut so that half the bottle juts out above the top. The water in the bottle now diffuses the daylight in the entire room below the bottle. The illuminating power of the bottle is equivalent to a 55 watt light bulb.

More on the initiative Light of Light

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BOTTLE EMPTY, BUILD A WALL

Honduras, 2005. A poor village in the north of the province Yoro. A funny German guy walks around with brochures. He shows pictures of neat, colourful houses to poor people, the unemployed, day labourers who live in temporary, run-down huts. "You could also have one of these", he announces to the amazed village dwellers. It isn't much easier to believe him when he explains what the houses are made of and the conditions required to build them: you need lots of people. They need to have a lot of time to spare. And you need empty plastic bottles to build them.

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PET BOTTLES CAN SAVE LIVES

It sounds incredible and yet so simple. With the help of the sun's rays and PET bottles, water is sterilized and made drinkable. The water is filled in transparent PET or glass bottles which are laid in the sun for 6 hours. In this time, the UV rays of the sun kill the germs that cause diarrhoea. The so-called SODIS method helps to prevent diarrhoea and so saves human lives. This is urgently required because over 4,000 children die every day from diarrhoeal diseases.

More at www.sodis.ch

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MODERN PET ARCHITECTURE

The Taiwanese architect Arthur Huang developed a method in which plastic waste is moulded into hollow forms and can therefore be used again as building material. The walls of the "EcoArk" building in Taipeh consist of 1.5 million of these shapes.

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Milestones in the History of Forum PET

1990

 

Germany-wide introduction by Coca-Cola of the first reusable PET bottle in collaboration with manufacturer Schmalbach-Lubeca AG and resulting criticism from the established packaging industry

 

1991

Founding of Forum PET by seven founder members – including the two above-named companies – with the aim of explaining the advantages of PET

 

End of
the 1990s

 

Reusable PET bottle firmly established on the market – suppliers of mineral water already using it to bottle their products.

2000

First life cycle assessment of beverage packaging on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency confirms the advantages of reusable PET bottles put forward by Forum PET.

 

2002

Initial market penetration by one-way PET bottle and renewed criticism of the new packaging type

 

2002

Integration of Forum PET into the IK Industrievereinigung Kunst-stoffverpackungen e.V. followed by expansion of membership along the value creation chain (PET manufacturers, bottling companies, closure
manufacturers, PET-recycling companies and machine manufacturers).
Markets for recycled PET, e.g. PET films and PET bottles for household cleaning agents and cosmetics, also gain significance within Forum PET.

 

2003

 

Introduction of compulsory deposits also on one-way PET bottles for beer, mineral water and carbonated soft drinks

 

2003 to 2010

Thanks to reduced weight of one-way PET bottles, recycling, shorter transport routes and reduction of energy consumption during manufacturing, the sector succeeds in continuously improving the environmental properties of one-way PET bottles.

 

2010

 

Life cycle assessment on behalf of Forum PET comparing various types of beverage packaging. Result: In this respect, the widely used 1.5-litre one-way PET bottle for carbonated water and soft drinks demonstrates no significant overall advantages or disadvantages in comparison with the reusable glass bottle.

 

2010

 

Forum PET plays a crucial role in the founding of Forum PET Europe in Paris.

 

2013

 

Beverage industry and Forum PET establish the RAL "Wertstoffkette PET-Getränkeverpackungen e.V." quality association for the purpose of agreeing minimum standards for the PET material cycle. The RAL Quality Mark stands for the highest quality requirements.

 

2016

Today, Forum PET has around 30 member companies spanning the entire PET material chain, from packaging manufacturers through bottling companies down to recycling companies.

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