Beautiful throws made from recycled plastic bottles
Posted on 16th January 2019 at 11:19
Ever since perfecting a method for recycling single use plastic bottles into beautiful, soft woven textiles our new product suppliers mission was to create gorgeous products that you would choose regardless of their environmental credentials.
Our washable indoor and outdoor throws and blankets are influenced by a love for Scandinavian, African and Eastern design, combining soft yellows, reds, blues, and greys with natural tones to make timeless products that look great throughout the home.
It all started when our the founders were travelling in Asia and stumbled across a very rudimentary fishing rope, made from unraveled plastic bottles, lids and all. Used to tether fishing boats, the rope was both strong and waterproof, and offered a moment of inspiration to the intrepid couple. Could they take some of the mountains of plastic waste that is polluting our seas and landfill and turn it into a useful and practical yarn?
With a long history in the flooring industry and a love of antique textiles, they were not strangers to the intricacies of weaving houses and this gave the couple a strong environmental ethos. The opportunity to help clear up some of the 35 billion plastic bottles that end up in our seas and landfill every year was too good to miss the dream was to product stylish products with a long-term use within our homes.
The biggest challenge was perfecting the means to turn hard plastic into lovely open fibres that would provide all of the softness and texture of wool. It took 7 years to create the perfect textile, that not only has the look and feel of wool, but is also machine washable, stain resistant, environmentally friendly and suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
Amazing Environmental Credentials
With over 35 billion plastic bottles finding their way into our seas each year and over 90% of all marine birds having plastic deposits in their stomachs, we felt it was important to look at creative and useful ways of turning recycled plastic bottles into beautiful additions for our homes and everyday lives.
Our range of environmentally-friendly, recycled rugs look and feel just like wool, but contain up to 3000 salvaged plastic bottles each. All of our products are made in exactly the same way meaning everything we sell has helped prevent hundreds of single use plastic bottles from ending up in the ground or floating in the ocean.
They as we do, care about people as well; that's why they only use weaving houses committed to employing skilled adults, who are paid fairly and enjoy comfortable and fair working conditions.
Beautiful Products, Practical Solutions
The thing that we love best about these products is that you will see them, pick them up and fall in love with them long before you realise they are made from recycled plastic.
This is a range of textiles that are beautiful in their own right and that we want to use in our own homes, so know you will! It’s just an added bonus that they are great for the planet as well.
Perfect For Messy Homes
Keeping mucky children, cats and dogs away from nice things is an impossible task, it’s in their DNA to ruin nice things. The good news is, our entire range of washable blankets and throws are immune to muddy paw prints, crayons and even red wine.
Whether it’s a dog-friendly blanket or a Scandinavian throw, if it will fit inside your washing machine, you can wash it at home at 30 degrees. The products emerge wonderfully clean and virtually dry (which is handy because they should never be tumble dried - think about it!).
Shop the range here https://www.rubyandtheangel.co.uk/webshop/interiors/
To Enter our competition to win a throw head to our Facebook page by the 14th February 2019 https://www.facebook.com/rubyandtheangel/
Or browse and feel this fabulous range instore from Friday 18th January 2019.
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