Pay It Back to the Planet


What if plastic trash could be turned into something good for nature? The Back to Nature concept answers this question by turning plastic waste into something that helps nature thrive rather than destroy it.

The set includes 3 products: a beehive, bird feeder and a flower pot, made of 100% recycled plastic and targeted specifically for the benefit of wildlife and plants. Considering that essentially every piece of plastic made still exists in some form today (because it takes thousands of years to naturally decompose), there’s plenty to go around for the earth’s benefit instead of detriment.

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is a plastic commonly used for products such as detergent containers, milk jugs and water bottle caps. The HDPE recycling process starts by collecting the disposed products which are then cleaned, separated based on their color and shredded into tiny pieces. This material is then compression moulded to create the bodies of the beehive, birds feeder and flower pots. Infinite texture and colour variations can be achieved by mixing the source materials in different combinations and proportions.

Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is present in shopping bags, food wraps and a variety of packagings. Although ubiquitous it is harder to recycle and its disposal causes serious environmental threats. The cords of the beehive and birds feeder are thus made of disposed plastic bags cut into strips and woven together to create a strong, water-resistant structure.

Designer: Andrea Mangone