The Process

At the moment, Théla works with discarded plastic bags, wrappers and sheets and the process is basically to convert the plastic into yarn (commonly known as ‘plarn’) before it is handcrafted.

We use two craft techniques – crochet and weaving. The crocheted products are made entirely by me in Greece and the woven products are made in collaboration with ethical, like-minded organizations in India.

From Discarded Plastic to Beautiful, Functional Products

From discarded plastic to beautiful, functional products - collecting

Collecting

Discarded plastic is collected from garbage bins, local markets, streets and waste collection points.

Théla Process - drying the washed plastic sheets

Drying

The washed plastic is hung or laid flat to dry.

From discarded plastic to beautiful, functional products - washing

Washing

They are then hand washed, thoroughly removing all the stains.

Théla Process - cutting the plastic bags into yarn

Cutting

The clean plastic is cut by hand into yarn...

Théla Process - cutting the plastic bags into yarn

Balling

... and wound into balls.

Théla Process - from discarded plastic to beautiful, functional products.

Tailoring

The fabric is sewn into products under fair trade conditions.

Théla Process - from discarded plastic to beautiful, functional products.

Crafting

The yarn is finally woven or crocheted into fabrics.

Théla Process - from discarded plastic to beautiful, functional products.

Drum Roll!

The final product is as sustainable as it gets - upcycled plastic fabrics in combination with locally sourced fittings and/or naturally dyed organic cotton.