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PET Lamp Project emerged as the possibility to approach a global problem (the plastic waste) with a local activity (the basket weaving tradition). Thanks to teamwork we managed to create a very popular product that has been a growing success since its presentation at Galleria Rossana Orlandi in 2013.
In 2011, Álvaro Catalán de Ocón took part in a project focused on the reuse of PET plastic bottles. He addressed the plastic waste issue in the Colombian Amazon turning a short lifespan object into a product enriched by the local culture. The collaboration with artisans from the Cauca region displaced by the guerrilla war and the use of traditional crafts and materials allowed us to found PET Lamp Project.
In 2012 the Colombian experience was launched. In 2013 it expanded to Chile and since then it has broaden its horizons to other continents: 2015 PET Lamp is made in Ethiopia, in 2016 we launched the Japan experience and in 2017 we returned to Chile to work in this occasion with the Mapuche community.
In 2018 we were commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria to develop a special piece for the museum in collaboration with weavers from Ramingining, Australia.
This year we are presenting a new collection of lamps made in Thailand by highly expert artisans in bamboo weaving.