Gülnur Özdağlar

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Gülnur Özdağlar has been producing cups, jewellery and home decoration accessories by recycling PET bottles since 2008. She collects, heats, cuts, melts, drill holes into and reshapes PET bottles. She thinks that the real solution is “upcycling” rather than plain recycling. Her aim is to substitute with labour and artistic value the characteristics that the material loses during transformation, thus obtaining a product of higher value. Her aim is also to obtain objects from things that have been discarded that are so beautiful, that we would want to wear or exhibit them, thus underlining the importance of “recycling” and encouraging it. In this way she provides her own personal answer to the problem of recycling.