Recoloured, a new way of recycling
A personal interpretation of the possibilities of recycled plastic. A material with its own quality and identity. The research arose from the preference to work with the material plastic and the absence of aesthetics in its recycling.
As a designer, Jessica started a research that serves as a library of colours and materials in a never-ending process. All the possibilities of recycled plastic into new materials to provide her and others with aesthetic materials made from waste.
Starting with a bale of HDPE plastic and separating this by colour, Jessica sorted, washed and recycled it all by hand.
This gave her the opportunity to search for the limit of usefulness and the experiment. This boundary of opportunities and knowledge from the industry and herself excited her to walk new paths.
Within the plastic recycling industry, no distinction is made between the colour of the plastic. All colours of a kind of plastic are recycled together, making it a grey raw material (granulated).
The ways in which materials and colours are used in the process will most likely change. It is a new way of thinking. It started from experimenting with materials and colours that already exist, to give them a second life, a better life.
Post consumer plastic, HDPE
Jessica den Hartog