Another design which caught our attention earlier this year at the London Design Festival was this incredible design by Florie Salnot at RCA’s Sustain show.┬áSalnot spent time working in Saharawi refugee camps and developed an easy and low-tech method of creating intricate, luxe-looking jewelry from plastic waste.

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All handmade, Salnot’s process consists of three stages: first a plastic bottle is shaved into thin strips using a handheld cutting device; then the plastic strips are wound round a pin board into the desired pattern; and finally the pin board is immersed in hot sand which causes the plastic to shrink and harden around the pins.┬áThe technique makes use of natural resources and waste materials to generate a desirable end-product while creating a source of income for the women of the refugee camps.

+ Florie Salnot