14 October 2010

colourful recycled plastics

These colourful Smile Plastics sheet materials are manufactured by compression molding. They are made up of thermoplastic materials, which are very efficient to recycle and there is minimal degradation of quality.

Chips of recycled industrial and post-consumer waste – including packaging, footwear and even old mobile phones – are placed into a mould, heated and compressed. The different-coloured materials meld together but do not mix completely during heating and so retain a trace of their previous life.

Image from MPFDP