18/05/2022 - Closing the PET plastic loop
: this is the common goal of producers and designers gathered in New York on the occasion of NYCxDesign
. Among these also GAN
and the designer Álvaro Catalán de Ocón
who together present their sustainable furnishings
concept: the Plastic Rivers
The Plastic Rivers collection
designed for GAN
, handmade by artisans in India, with 100% recycled plastic yarn, is exposed at Sure We Can (SWC), the non-profit recycling center, community space, and sustainability hub based in Brooklyn, alongside PET Lamp
, also created by the Spanish designer Álvaro Catalán de Ocón.
The Plastic Rivers rugs
depict aerial images of the most plastic polluted rivers on Earth.The collection of this sustainable furnishings is a manifesto that conveys a critical perspective on plastic pollution, especially in rivers and oceans due to the global commercialization of waste from rich to poor countries.
The collaboration enables the to come full circle with other key players of the plastics industry. Diverse, but united by genuine interest, the goal of the exhibit at SWC is to drive environmental awareness, promote social inclusion, and create accountability around change. What’s more, this takes place against the backdrop of the NYCxDesign Festival, injecting the project with innovation and design.
SWC was founded in 2007 to improve the living and working conditions of “canners,” those who collect cans and bottles from the streets of New York City. The center provides a safe space to store, organize, and exchange collected materials. It also organizes educational activities to promote sustainability and recycling.
is sponsoring the event by donating the Plastic Rivers
rugs, which will be shown for the very first time in New York City. The brand, which is on a mission to manufacture with increasingly more sustainable materials and processes, aims to encourage dialogue on environmental issues and raise awareness. The Plastic Rivers and PET Lamp exhibit at SWC also count on the sponsorship of AdaPETation, an organization created in 2021 by Portugal- based plastic producer Evertis group (The IMG Group). AdaPETation aims to power conversations that put the polymers industry on a regenerative path.
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