Tuesday, 12 January 2021

PET PLASTIC BOTTLES- Recycling and Repurposing

As some of you regular followers know we at the Sands at Nomad and the Nomad Beach Bar are very serious about trying to reduce our impact on the environment. One of these ways is to reduce the amount of waste going to the dump site. So we recycle, repurpose or reuse as much as we can.
Above are some cleaned and sorted bottle tops from various PET (plastic) bottles, we have a shredder on site which deals with these.. so that leave us with the 'bottle' part.
HDPE lids like these have been found to be one of the most common type of trash floating around in the worlds rivers, lakes and oceans. These were collected off the beach here at The Sands as part of our cleanups. These are also cleaned and shredded. The shredded plastic is then recycled into useful items with a super cool story.

The bottoms of the PET bottles (which we don't actually produce as waste here at The Sands) we have used in artworks such as the Jellyfishes above or a turtle in the past. This leaves us with the 'body' of the bottles which, we found can be cut into long 'strings' for use tying or as the tentacles of the Jellyfishes.. or as our latest project is finding.. as corrugated sheets for roofing.
The Sand's Green Team is now working on a project to build a roof on the Sustainability Education Centre near the Marine Education Centre. If it all works out it will be done using the bodies of the PET plastic bottles we have stockpiled from other producers over the years. Why? Because we never considered other peoples plastic bottles to be 'waste'.
 
Watch this space.

 

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