A few weeks back @student.design reached out to show me this super interesting footwear project from designer, Jules Mas. Made comepletley of PET, “different forms of the plastic are combined to create rigid, flexible and textile parts, and are assembled by thermo-welding to make a mono-material object, making it suitable in the plastic bottle recycling circle.” – Jules
According to Jules, “about four hundred million pairs of football shoes being sold every year, which combine various plastics, leather, resins, and glues. With their lifetime being relativley short, all those boots represent a considerable amount of waste on a global scale when they are being thrown away.”
“Polyethylene terephthalate commonly abbreviated PET is the most common polyester, it is used in fibers for clothing, containers for liquids and foods, thermoforming for manufacturing. It is totally recyclable in the plastic bottle recycling circle. Those different forms were presenting the right characteristics to make football boots.
Therefore I led some experimentation on the combination of those differents shapes by thermo-welding, to avoid using any glue that would make the recycling impossible.
After finding the right way to combine those different parts, I made multiple prototypes to find the right construction of the shoe.”
You can see some final beauty shots (by @marvin.leuvrey) of Jule’s beautifully executed, 100% PET Football boot, below.
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