- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -
Plastic Bottles Reformed Into Stylish Birdhouses & Vases in Portugal
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On January 3, 2013 @ 3:30 pm In Green Products,Innovation,Recycled Materials | No Comments
Serra da Estrela  has a number of well known environmental concerns and re-foresting campaigns, such as planting a new tree  for every sold bottle. The water company wanted to further its efforts and find a way to do something creative with its empty water bottles and Colectivo da Rainha  accepted the challenge. The goal was to turn the practically worthless water bottles into something of value. The design firm experimented with the material and learned about its properties to find the best way to make use of the bottles.
The company’s efforts resulted in two equally creative and useful projects. By heating the material, they could remold the plastic into whatever shape they wanted. For the vases, the plastic was molded into a planter shape and creates a unique vessel for plants and flowers. Much like the reforestation campaign, these vases help create new life. The birdhouses retain many elements of the original water bottle including the spout and the handle. The squashed bottle is formed into a house shape and the spout is used to access the interior with the handle used as a perch. Now the bottle serves as a home for nature. Colectivo da Rainha  developed and designed these for a social innovation team of 5 unemployed artisans that currently make and sell these objects, which also provides employment sustainability.
Via Design Milk 
Images ©Colectivo da Rainha
Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com
URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/plastic-bottles-reformed-into-stylish-birdhouses-vases-in-portugal/
URLs in this post:
 Serra da Estrela: http://www.aguaserradaestrela.pt/#/homepage
 Colectivo da Rainha: http://colectivodarainha.com/
 birdhouse: http://colectivodarainha.com/plastic-bird-house/
 transparent vase: http://colectivodarainha.com/plastic-transparent-vases/
 : http://inhabitat.com/plastic-bottles-reformed-into-stylish-birdhouses-vases-in-portugal/plastic-vases-colectivo-da-rainha-2/?extend=1
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=472370
 planting a new tree: http://www.aguaserradaestrela.pt/#/reflorestacao/mecanica
 Design Milk: http://design-milk.com/get-out-plastic-birdhouse-by-colectivo-da-rainha/
Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.