Designers Turn Plastic Water Bottles into Birdhouses

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recycled plastic water bottle birdhouse

Photo: Colectivo da Rainha

Portuguese design firm Colectivo da Rainha has created a new line of birdhouses and transparent vases made from PET plastic water bottles.

Bottled water company Serra da Estrela and “social innovation project” Remix, both based in Portugal,  challenged designers to find creative ways re-use and recycle PET plastic bottles.

Colectivo da Rainha answered the challenge with its line of recycled nature-themed plastic products.

“Our starting point was Serra da Estrela’s well known environment concerns and re foresting campaigns, such as planting a new tree for every sold bottle,” says the design firm on its website.

“Experimenting with the material properties we came to understand that it can be molded with heat and be shaped to as many forms as we liked.”

When molded and re-designed, PET plastic loses its “cheap feel” to become something lasting and valuable, says the firm.

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Recycled plastic water bottle vases

Photo: Colectivo da Rainha

Each birdhouse is produced using a single water bottle, with the bottleneck re-shaped to serve as the entrance and the handle as a bird perch. The birdhouses are made by a team of five previously unemployed artisans, the collective says.

Learn more about the firm’s plastic birdhouses and transparent vases at the Colectivo da Rainha website.