PET, huh? What?

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The widely-known abbreviation PET conceals a substance called polyethylene terephthalate. It is the most common thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family. The majority of the world’s PET production is for synthetic fibers (in excess of 60%), with bottle production accounting for about 30% of global demand. In the context of textile applications, PET is referred to by its common name, polyester, whereas the acronym PET is generally used in relation to packaging.

Creative recycling in the Czech Republic: Veronika Richterová

Since 2014, Veronika Richterová creates sculptures from PET thanks to her obsession for plastic bottles. She has used thousands of bottles and developed many specific methods of technological processing.

Veronika Richterova - Plant made from plastic bottles

Veronika Richterova - spiders made from plastic bottles

Veronika Richterova - Flowers made from plastic bottles

Veronika Richterova - Animal made from plastic bottles

Veronika Richterova - Lights made from plastic bottles

Veronika Richterova - Animal made from plastic bottles

The PET-ART museum

Thanks to her idea for PET-ART (Plastic Bottle Art) the necessity of searching for bottles in recycle bins to choose materials for her work was born. Shortly after, she found out that the assortment of plastic bottles had changed very quickly; some of her favorite models had suddenly disappeared and others had surfaced. It became clear that it was necessary to preserve these seemingly worthless and ephemeral objects for the future as a testament of the time.That’s why in 2007 she started, with her husband, to create a collection of this vision. This collection full of unexpected variety has grown to more than 3000 pieces from 76 countries.

Veronika Richterova PET-ART museum