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Belgium Store Features Plastic-Based Terrazzo

Friday, March 13, 2020

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Amsterdam-based eyewear company Ace & Tate recently opened a new shop in Antwerp with a specific goal for the retail store’s interior: it’s clad with terrazzo made with chips of recycled plastic.

Sourced locally by sustainable materials Dutch startup Plasticiet, the Belgium shop’s interior is symbolic of the company’s push as a whole to become more sustainable (it has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030 and all of its glasses are to be made by a recyclable acetate by the end of the year).

About the Project

Plasticiet was founded by Marten van Middelkoop and Joost Dingemans in 2018 and collects plastic waste and turns it into sheets of material that look like stone such as marble or granite.

For this project, the company created a terrazzo effect with chips of blue, red, yellow and green.

"The recycled plastic we used is polyethylene, a very common material that finds many uses in industrial and construction appliances as well as domestic products such as food packaging, kitchen ware and toys," Dingemans said in an interview.

Plasticiet worked with a local recycling company that collects plastic and picked out the pieces it wanted to create the look, using nearly 1,000 kilograms for the project.

“Compared to the white base material, which used to be food packaging, the reclaimed plastic from Antwerp becomes less viscous during the melting process allowing the chunky pieces to retain their shape during production," said Dingeman.

"This way most of the chunks remain their initial shape and the viewers can indulge themselves into finding products they know."

 

   

Tagged categories: Color + Design; Color + Design; Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Interior coatings; Interior design; Terrazzo

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