PET pouffes


Keith R. over at The Temas Blog has been periodically updating a series of trash photos of amazing things made from garbage in Latin America. The latest installment features sofas and pouffes made from PET bottles in Brazil as part of  a project called Reciclagem e Cultura or “Recycling and Culture.” Apparently what began as an upcycling (thanks for the shout out, Keith) endeavor blossomed into an income-generating business program.

PET pouffes

PET pouffes

I highly recommend clicking through to read the whole story peppered with photos and video clips, here’s a teaser:

In part to get the waste collection going and get the raw materials they need, and in part to gain community acceptance for their Cooperativa Usina de Reciclagem, [local foundation] Onda Azul offered favela residents an exchange: bring in 75 to 250 empty two-liter PET bottles, and get a chair or pouffe (what some may call a tuffet, hassock or ottoman) made using PET bottles


The program proved so popular that they had to restrict the exchange to one pouffe per household.  Even so, nearly every house in that favela now has one of the so-called pufes ecológicos (“ecological pouffes”).

I’m headed to Rio tomorrow night for vacation. I wonder if I’ll meet anyone with an ecological pouffe!

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7 Responses to “PET pouffes”

  1. ioman01 Says:

    Leila, enjoy Rio, one of my favorite places in the whole world! Alot of it you can see on your own, and Rio is increasingly bicycle-friendly. Whatever else you do, be sure to watch sundown over the city from the top of Pão de Acúçar (Sugarloaf) — you’ll never forget it. Head up on the cable car about an hour beforehand. Check out the Botanical Garden. Explore Tijuca Park, the world’s largest urban forest. If you’re there on a Sunday, go to the “hippie fair” at General Osório Square in Ipanema. Also, given your interest in all things trash, visit the Galpao das Artes, a unique urban exhibit primarily of “trash art and crafts” created by the city in an old underpass in the Leblon section of the city.

  2. ioman01 Says:

    Leila, here’s a YouTube video (in Portuguese, sorry!) about the Galpao:

    And if you decide you want to visit it and want a map of its locale, check out:

  3. Leila Darabi Says:

    Thanks, Keith!! I’m super excited for my first trip to Rio and will definitely try to check out your recs and report back!

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