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Plastic Bottles (and more) as never before...

plastic bottle light

light made from plastic waste

The Colourball
By the amazing Heath Nash of South Africa.
Multicolour flower and butterfly shapes attached to a handmade wire structure.
Small: 400mm diam - 240 flowers, Medium: 500mm diam
Large: 600mm diam, Extra large: 800mm diam

The process:

    * Lots of bottles are found, sorted and collected.
    * They are washed very thoroughly (with bio-degradable detergent) and dried.
    * The handles and bases are carefully removed, and each bottle is splayed open into a semi-flat ‘sheet’.
    * As many flowers as possible are cut from each bottle
    * Now each flower has to be formed from a ‘flattish’ shape into a more 3-dimenional form - each petal is folded in half, and individual lines are creased into each (by hand). This forms the flower, and makes it more translucent where the lines are… adding to the   detail and finish of the finished piece. (So if a flower has 6 petals, and there are 9 lines on each one, someone has creased 54 lines! For ONE flower).
    * Finally, One flower is done!
    * The excess plastic off cuts are returned to the recyclers.

plastic bottle chandelier


Description: White recycled plastic flowers on wire structure
Sizes available: Standard: 400mm w x 550mm h
Large: 500mm x 450mm h
Extra large: 700mm x 450mm h

junk plastic chandelier


Multicolour bottleform sections on hand-made wire structure
Colours available: Multicolour
Sizes available: One size: 500mm

plastic trash chandelier

Tide Chandelier

Stuart Haygarth's 1.5 meter wide Tide Chandelier made of plastic debris. Made from a collection of ' man made' debris washed up on the Kent coastline.

plastic bottle lamp


Fabric softener handles strung together with waxed thread
Colours available: Translucent white
Sizes available: 3 tier: 300mm h x 150mm diam
4 tier: 400mm h x 150mm diam
6 tier: 500mm h x 150mm diam

plastic bottle lamp

Milkhandleform ball

Ball made from strung together milk bottle handles
Colours available: White
Sizes available: Standard: 400mm diam

plastic bottle lamp


Yoghurt containers cut into flower shapes and attached together with wire components
Colours available: White with red, yellow, white flower centres
Sizes available: 350mm diam

plastic bottle light

Plastic Bottle Chandeliers

By Johanna Keimeyer

soda bottle light

Soda bottle chandelier

By: Shaun Kasperbauer

plastic plate light

Plastic Plate Light

By Matteo De Colle

light made from straws

Straw Chandelier

Gulp Lamp

plastic cup lamp

Plastic Cup Chandelier

By Aeolus

plastic bottle chandelier

Pendant Lamp

Detergent bottle tops, wire.
Heath Nash, Capetown, South Africa

plastic bottle light

The Protea

Polypropylene with stainless steel fitting
Colours available: White
An early work - check if still making this model...

keyboard lamp

Keyboard Parts Lamp

By Nolan Herbut of Alberta, Canada

plastic reuse light

Six-Pack Pendant Light

By Bao-Khang Luu
See How-To here:

reuse lamps

Dripped Plastic Floor Lamps

Designer: Yaron Elyasi
After melting the plastic, its dribbled onto a mold in a free form manner.

eyeglass chandelier

eyeglass chandelier

Stuart Haygarth --  Optical

Created from over 4500 prescription spectacle lenses. The lenses are hung on monofilament line which hang from a platform. Price on request.

junk lamp

Tape Lamp

tape lamp

Tape Lamp

The lamp is completely hand-assembled in San Francisco from laser cut plexiglass and one hundred micro-cassetes. Transparent House produces only 2-3 lamps a month.  $ 1200.

milk jug lamp

Milk Jug Lamps

Milkit by Alexandru Adam and Steven Koch at Play Design is a kit designed to assist you in turning a milk bottle in to a stylish table lamp.

plastic reuse light

Plastic Bottle Lamp

By Reta & Vana Howell
Each piece contains 50-100 water/soda bottles depending on it’s size. Hardened via a unique fusion process, extremely durable and has the extreme appearance of glass. See more:

reuse lamps

Plastic layered and melted on your shade

By Caroline Saul

plastic bottle chandelier

Plastic Bottle Chandelier Kit

Walking-Chair Design Studio
Use 20 oz bottles any color. 9 bottles €40. 33 bottles €250.

plastic bottle lamp

Plastic Bottle Lamp

By Matteo De Colle

lamps made from junk

Gramma Lamp

Never thought to crochet that extra speaker wire before?

"Re-use as a design tool (and material) is still extremely under explored, and it holds so much potential – both as a source of raw material and as a beautiful limitation."
Heath Nash





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Posts: 15
Re: Reuse plastic lights
Reply #15 on : Tue December 08, 2015, 16:10:50
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julie perks-bevington
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plastic bottles
Reply #14 on : Fri October 10, 2014, 12:23:10
some great ideas and uses. very inspiring and got my thoughts light up.
preeti verma
Posts: 15
Reply #13 on : Tue September 23, 2014, 22:00:56
good, creative idea
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Haygarth contact
Reply #12 on : Sun June 22, 2014, 12:16:30

tel:+44(0)20 7503 4142
mob: +44(0)7970 960 715

[email protected]
catherine cloud
Posts: 15
tides collection pendant
Reply #11 on : Sun June 22, 2014, 10:15:00
are the haygarth's for sale anywhere? if so, where?
Chris Gifford
Posts: 15
bottle lamps
Reply #10 on : Sun March 16, 2014, 14:40:59
These are really awesome. I'm always looking for ways to upcycle. what kind of fixtures were used? I would worry about it melting. Has anyone tried LED bulbs?
Posts: 15
reuse lamps
Reply #9 on : Sat October 12, 2013, 14:08:31
Wow, this was an inspiring look at some amazing work. Thank you.
Ms Ildiko Fulop
Posts: 15
Reuse plastic lights
Reply #8 on : Sun January 20, 2013, 12:12:01
It is so cool, i just need to be imformed.
I did several recycling items already, but now i also want to be systematized.
Thank you, let's save what we can!
anam saeed
Posts: 15
Re: Reuse plastic lights
Reply #7 on : Tue May 15, 2012, 05:10:15
very inspirational !!
Teddi Kella
Posts: 15
Awesome Ideas!
Reply #6 on : Thu December 29, 2011, 02:17:38
I am so inspired after finding this site. I am pinning it on Pinterest so others can find it too.
Monballieu Toon
Posts: 15
cup chandelier
Reply #5 on : Sun November 06, 2011, 18:45:37
Strange i made somthing like your cup chandelier 4 years ago. But it was for a cafitaria, like a cupholder...
Posts: 15
permanently flatten soda bottles?
Reply #4 on : Mon October 24, 2011, 17:15:31

Is this possible and if so how do I accomplish this? I want to make a green house for propagating plants.

Thank you, Karen
Posts: 15
Re: Reuse plastic lights
Reply #3 on : Sat September 10, 2011, 15:56:50
Great work! thank you. It is nice to know there is many of us working on the same theme.
Here are my lamps: hope you like them.
Posts: 15
Reply #2 on : Wed August 03, 2011, 15:52:44
There are items on here that I think Chihuly would be proud of! : ) FANTASTIC!!!
Kelly Cox
Posts: 15
Reply #1 on : Sat January 29, 2011, 11:09:55
All of it--such wonderful inspiration and information. Thank you for collecting and publishing it!!
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