PLAYE stands for plastic layers, plastic bag layers to be exact. Since plastic bag pollution is a major concern in our ever-consuming society and a huge threat to the environment and waterways, Making PLAYE is a 2-hour workshop that goes through methods on how to use this waste to make tough, waterproof and ultralight materials perfect for sewing or heat fusing. The outcome will be a range of products that will be handmade from scratch by the participants, learning not only the basic methods but basic chemistry, facts and more potential applications for the material.
What will you learn:
- Basic knowledge about soft plastics, facts and opportunities
- Safety measures when handling plastics
- Methods on how to recycle HDPE and LDPE into useful strong, waterproof and lightweight materials (PLAYE)
- Joining methods for PLAYE materials by making a range of products
- Decoration methods for PLAYE materials
- Tips for reducing, reusing, recycling
The course is run by Cesar Marulanda, a self taught artist and aspiring Industrial Designer whose work responds to the current environmental situation the world is living. Cesar has been researching and working with plastic bag waste as a raw material for the last 6 years, all to make useful art and accessories to sell at local markets. His time at university has given him more knowledge about the possibilities in recycling plastic waste and to use it in his projects. Cesar embarked on the recycling train thinking of it as a hobby, selling wallets and pouches in local markets, but little he knew this ‘hobby” will take him to discover the true potential in recycling and to spread the word to others with the mission to get more people to recycle, reduce and reuse to create a bigger positive environmental impact.