Student Eléa Nouraud has developed a method for recycling old plastic bags and turning them into everyday objects including pots, egg boxes, wallets and long-lasting plastic shopping bags.
The University of Brighton 3D Design Materials and Practice student has come up with ‘Truc', or Technique to Recycle Use Carrier bags. Nouraud, 22, hopes to turn her technique into a commercial enterprise in her native France after she graduates next month (July).
“I sort the carrier bags and heat-press them in order to create a sheet [so that they can] then be thermo-formed on top of a shape, either made by myself or in the case of the egg box it's formed on top of the real egg box.”
To make long-lasting plastic bags, granules from the polyethylene bags are mixed with a resin to produce tubes of materials which are flattened by rollers. The resulting polyethylene film is cut, rolled up, and ready to be turned into robust bags. Alcohol based ink is applied and the bags are cut and heat sealed.
“The products are really tough and durable – I dropped one recently and accidentally trod on it, and it survived intact,” Nouraud said. “I have really enjoyed my course at the University of Brighton and I hope to pursue Truc once I have graduated.”