The PECO Solution

PECO stands for Plastic Essence Collaborative.

Our vision is to reimage our relationship with plastic through conscious collaborative creativity.

 

Our designs are stunning. Our process is a world's first.

It starts with collecting

We work with everyday household plastics like LDPE (♻4), HDPE (♻2) and Polypropylene (♻PP). Our Collaborative Collection involves our customers: after they buy one of our designs, we send them a box to fill with their own plastics which we receive and use as part of their final piece of art. We also work with corporate partners for our larger pieces.

2. Melting

The melting process is very similar to making bread; patience is a virtue, timing and temperature are key. In this kitchen a gas mask is a must as vapours can be toxic. Luckily, we keep temperatures under the smoke point and use only HDPE, LDPE and PP which have the lowest potential of creating noxious fumes if burnt.

3. Pressing

Once turned, each loaf is individually pressed and made smooth via router and sanding. We press the plastic to about 3/4 inches thick to keep room for routering a layer off the top. This press was based on a traditional book press hand made from elm wood which is strong enough to withstand the intense pressure exerted from the four vices.

4. Creating
Each unique design is drawn and copied to scale. Every scape is individually cut out of the plastic pressed plates, refined and stud mounted against a wood backing. The final piece is elevated from the backboard to take advantage of light and shadow.
4. Finishing
Finally, the piece is polished, buffed, cleaned and finished with a coating of essential oils. Smaller pieces are framed with a pine or elm framing and lovingly packaged with the environment in mind before shipping. For larger pieces we outsource our services to third party installers.