BUDGET home furniture chain Ikea has engaged the aid of 1, 500 fishermen in Spain, as well as a Comunidad Valencia-based interior designer, Inma Bermú dez, to fulfil a distinctive plan.

The former are usually paid to collect plastic waste through the sea and deliver it towards the Ikea factories in Alicante plus Valencia, and Inma turns this into brilliant household items, that will appeal to customers, even if it are not for the impending, environmental disaster of the non-biodegradable rubbish floating around in the seas and rivers.

Tablecloths, cushion covers, handbags, marine designs, as well as simple and modern designs, along with geometric shapes, are all part of a brand new Ikea range, to be released following February in Spain and Italy, and everything created from refuse, fished from Spain’ s shores.

Ultimately, the plastic-waste, interior decorations, works their way around the rest of the planet, to every country in which Ikea includes a presence.

The main materials used is Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE or PET plastic, or FAMILY PET Polymer), the chemical name just for polyester, which is the most common type.

The material, transparent, light-weight and hard-wearing, is used for product packaging, drinks bottles, carrier-bags and even clothing.

And for every kilo of it fished out of the sea, an additional nine kilos of other waste materials, including various types of plastic, plus metallic, glass and rubber, are swept up in nets, according to the Seaqual organization of fishermen, involved in the project.

And, said Caroline Reid, head of sustainable development from Ikea: “ Sea rubbish could possibly be the manufacturing material of the future. ”

The more companies use it to generate products, the more it is removed from the ocean. And it is hoped, demand for the materials will eventually outstrip the provide in the world’ s oceans.

Last October, Ikea became a member of the NextWave scheme, which involves companies, charities and scientists collecting upward plastic from the sea and using this to create consumer products.

And, in addition to focusing on ocean waste materials as its main raw material, the business plans to scrap all single-use plastics from its product range simply by next year.

It is currently under way in all its shops worldwide, and their ultimate goal, said Ms Reid, is for plastic-type and plastic waste to become a spherical economy by 2030.

 

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