Taking the shredded acoustic offcuts, The Good Plastic Company performed a feasibility test, creating Coral Reef, a beautiful bespoke pattern that reflects the environmental and social aspects of the two companies. The constituent materials are a coral pink PET that could otherwise contaminate our oceans, and a lagoon-blue PS plastic resembling calm sea water. Together, they represent the underwater ecosystem that we want to protect from pollution by re-using post-industrial waste. The panels can be used for furniture and various design elements – and can be further recycled at the end of its life.
‘As much as I talk about whitewashing, at least people are talking about it – and it will get better,’ Sven says. ‘Right now, the technology isn’t there to make something really good out of ocean plastics, but if more and more people talk about it, and more NGOs and start-ups start working with recycling and the circular economy, the better it will get.’
More than 100 bespoke Good Plastic sheets from recycled plastic waste used at The Student Hotel in Maastricht, NL
The latest in sustainable philosophy is embodied in The Student Hotel in Delft, with interior surfaces and furniture made from recycled plastic waste. The result is a haven that represents travelling and living with a conscience. The interior design is the result of a successful collaboration between the industry-leading and award-winning hybrid hospitality brand, interior designer The Invisible Party, sustainable material manufacturer The Good Plastic Company and professional construction studio Fiction Factory.
The foyer of the growing chain’s newest location is clad in distinctive bespoke-patterned plastic sheets made from refrigerators, spools and single-use cutlery. The panelling is 100% recycled and easily recyclable, extending indefinitely the economic life of the polystyrene from which it is made. It serves as strong visible evidence of the hotel’s commitment to sustainability and supporting circular economy principles in its design.
Eye-catching patterns and colours were chosen to draw attention to the global problem of plastic waste, with a bespoke design that pays homage and puts a modern twist on traditional Delft pottery. A blue and white field with warm pink and orange highlights forms a dramatic but friendly foyer wall that greets visitors and immediately sets out the hotel’s stall as a place to stay that is as committed to environmental values as its honoured guests.
A co-working area in the hotel features work surfaces made from The Good Plastic Company’s monochrome Reverse Timeless Duo pattern, produced from old refrigerators and household electronic goods such as computer keyboards and mice.
William Chizhovsky comments, ‘At The Good Plastic Company we work constantly to advance our technology to give a second life to more single-use plastics and keep this resource out of landfill or the oceans. We are immensely proud to be part of this sustainable concept that represents a new way of travelling and a new way of making an impact.’