Jewellery brand turns old plastic into gorgeous eco-collection
A Poznań-based jewellery brand has created an environmentally-conscious collection that uses synthetic stones made out of plastic that has been processed to give it a second life.
The New Stone collection from Orska transformed plastic into unique synthetic “stones”, turning something that was no longer needed into designer objects that people can buy and wear.
The company’s founder Anna Orska said: “The creation of the New Stone collection, with a 100% synthetic stone created from waste materials at its heart, was inspired by anxiety about what we will leave behind in the world.
“The idea was born out of the belief that extraction and mining of raw materials, or even production, can ultimately be replaced by reprocessing.
“That's how something new was developed and came into existence.”
Working with Weronika Banaś, a specialist on innovative, environmentally-friendly materials, Boomplastic, which makes objects out of recycled plastic, and 3Re, which works on electro-recycling, they created a manmade material that Orska calls a “new stone”.
Banaś said: “The starting material is plastic, but the process results in imperfections that mean that, like in nature, there are no two identical pieces.”
The company combines these “new stones” with brass in its new jewellery collection, which includes rings, earrings and necklaces.
According to Orska, “the collection will not solve the global problem of plastic waste disposal and management.”
“However, I hope that it will inspire others to look for more interesting ideas for using the raw material, which is still a challenge for us,” she added.
Orska has boutiques in Warsaw, Poznań and Bydgoszcz, as well as one in Palma de Mallorca. It also sells its jewellery on its website.