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Plastic Rivers

Plastic Rivers

Plastic Rivers, a collection of rugs woven from recycled plastic waste yarn that portray a series of aerial images of some of the most polluted rivers on the planet.

This project 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 Plastic Rivers rugs are much more than a work of protest design. The rugs were handmade by artisans, stitch by stitch, pixel by pixel, to recreate aerial Google Earth panoramas of the rivers featured in the collection. Despite their imposing proportions and strong aesthetic, the rugs blend into any space.

This design project is a collaboration between Álvaro Catalán de Ocón and the Spanish company GAN Rugs.

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  • Top view photo: Plastic River No.6 Ganges. Photo by Aina Lütken
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  • Top view photo: Plastic River No.6 Ganges. Photo by ACdO
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  • Close-up. Plastic River No.6 Ganges. Photo by ACdO
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  • Close-up. Plastic River No.6 Ganges. Photo by ACdO
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  • Living room with Plastic River No.6 Ganges. Photo by ACdO
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  • Top view photo: Plastic River No.6 Ganges. Photo by Aina Lütken
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  • Top view photo: Plastic River No.6 Ganges. Photo by ACdO
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  • Close-up. Plastic River No.6 Ganges. Photo by ACdO
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  • Close-up. Plastic River No.6 Ganges. Photo by ACdO
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  • Living room with Plastic River No.6 Ganges. Photo by ACdO

Plastic River No.1 Yangtze

100x400 cm
22 Kg
2080.00$

Plastic River No.2 Indus

200x300 cm
33 Kg
0.00$

Plastic River No.6 Ganges

300x400 cm
66 Kg
5850.00$

Plastic River No.9 Niger

Ø 250 cm
9,7 Kg
3250.00$
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  • Color selection for Plastic Rivers. Photo by Aina Lütken
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  • Color selection for Plastic Rivers. Photo by Aina Lütken
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  • Color selection for Plastic Rivers. Photo by Aina Lütken
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  • Color selection for Plastic Rivers. Photo by Aina Lütken
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  • Color selection for Plastic Rivers. Photo by Aina Lütken
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  • Making of Plastic Rivers. Photo by ACdO
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  • Making of Plastic Rivers. Photo by ACdO
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  • Making of Plastic Rivers. Photo by ACdO
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  • Making of Plastic Rivers. Photo by ACdO
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  • Making of Plastic Rivers. Photo by ACdO
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  • Making of Plastic Rivers. Photo by ACdO
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  • First prototype. Plastic River No.6 Ganges. Photo by ACdO
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  • Color selection for Plastic Rivers. Photo by Aina Lütken
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  • Color selection for Plastic Rivers. Photo by Aina Lütken
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  • Color selection for Plastic Rivers. Photo by Aina Lütken
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  • Color selection for Plastic Rivers. Photo by Aina Lütken
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  • Color selection for Plastic Rivers. Photo by Aina Lütken
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  • Making of Plastic Rivers. Photo by ACdO
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  • Making of Plastic Rivers. Photo by ACdO
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  • Making of Plastic Rivers. Photo by ACdO
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  • Making of Plastic Rivers. Photo by ACdO
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  • Making of Plastic Rivers. Photo by ACdO
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  • Making of Plastic Rivers. Photo by ACdO
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  • First prototype. Plastic River No.6 Ganges. Photo by ACdO

The rugs in the Plastic Rivers collection are made without knots, using yarn produced from recycled PET plastic bottles. The composition of the Plastic River No.6 Ganges rug is particularly special, as the recycled material was collected in the vicinity of the river depicted.

The textile work is carried out by GAN's team of local craftsmen in workshops in India. The result is a very soft, strong and durable fabric that, "makes us wonder if it is really made of PET and not wool or any other similar fabric".

Technical specifications
Not recommended for outdoor use.

Materials
100% recycled PET plastic
Handmade in India

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