Designers Os ∆ Oos, Klaas Kuiken and Pim van Baarsen launched two new products for Bottle-Up – a project kicked off by a group of Dutch designers in Zanzibar last year. The initiative aims to tackle the problem of glass waste created by the island’s tourism industry by turning it into products.
While the original collection featured home accessories such as lamps and lanterns made from discarded bottles, wood and metal, the new products utilise glass in a different way.
Bottle|Brick is a strong building block made from cement, glass fragments and crushed glass. The sustainable ‘stone’ is intended for use as a local building material. The second application is a decorative material called Trending Terrazzo, made from white cement and colourful glass fragments – ideal for use on furniture such as tabletops.
Zanzibar is currently not sufficiently equipped to process or recycle glass waste, which inevitably finds its way into the island’s natural surroundings. Bottle-Up’s combination of inventive design thinking and local craftsmanship has generated a way to tackle this problem while creating new income opportunities for the community. See our report Rethinking Plastics for more on upcycling and repurposing materials in a circular economy.