Make-your-own plastic items with Melt kit

Melt products

Here's an amazing thing: a system that turns discarded plastic bottles into new household items in your own home.

Melt is a toolkit made up of tools comprising moulds, a file and a welding station but you'll have to supply your own oven to melt cut-up HDPE plastic. Once it's softened into a malleable base material, it can be hand-crafted into things like plant pots, coasters, cups and chopping boards. You can also create pretty marbled effects using different coloured plastic.

Here's a video showing the melting process (and unicycling!).

 

Five four-pint milk bottles would be enough to make one custom-made cup, says Melt designer Josh James, a final-year student at the University of the West of England.

"Plastic is abundant – the material is absolutely everywhere. Plastic production is quite a global issue at the moment and that's at the back of your mind as well," he says.

"Reusing plastic isn't a new concept – people have been doing it for a long time, but I wanted to give anyone access to it. Previously, no one has had easy access to this free material. I wanted to scale it down and make it more manageable for everyday use."

Melt isn't on the market yet, but may soon be available via an online retailer after it won at the New Designers Awards 2016.

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