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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.
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".
Not recommended for outdoor use.
100% recycled PET plastic
Handmade in India