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Waste plastic is used to weave striking rugs 

An outdoor rug created from recycled plastic bottles, buckets and containers. Image: Harriet Bailey

Discarded plastic bottles, buckets and containers collected from the streets in India are being used to create new outdoor rugs. 

Recycled polypropylene plastic is created after the waste plastic is recycled and turned into granules. Through a process of ‘extrusion’, specific temperature and pressure settings turn these granules into premium quality plastic tubes that are then tightly woven together in beautiful patterns to make the rugs.

Dipali Gupta, director of the company selling them, Green Decore, said he had been keen to use waste products from the off.

“Recycling is very important as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment,” he says. 

The plastic recycling process that the rugs come from actually increases people's interest in them. Image: Harriet Bailey

“It conserves resources, saves energy, helps protect the environment and reduces landfill. It reduces the need for raw materials so that the rainforests can be preserved. Huge amounts of energy are used when making products from raw materials whereas recycling requires much less energy.”

The company was founded in March 2013. Dipali said that customers have shown “great interest” in the products and particularly in their recycled beginnings.

By Lucy

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