Discover the beautiful and unique collection of Smile Plastics made from 100% plastic waste such as plastic PET bottles, cutting boards and packaging material. Each sheet is unique and has its own design. Each sheet is made entirely from plastic waste, is moisture resistant, fully recyclable and easy to fabricate. Smile Plastics has 6 standard types, which consist of 3 types of materials, namely polystyrene (HIPS), PET and Polyethylene (HDPE). Each type comes with a matte surface.
The sheets are made by pressing plastic waste and therefore vary in pattern or colour. Smile Plastics tries to press the sheets spot-free and without small dents, but small deviations are part of this production process and are seen as a “Natural feature”. For example, some sheets of Black and Blue Dapple may contain yellow spots. If this can be a problem, please contact us.
PyraSied is the official Dutch distributor of Smile Plastics. We have a large stock and that is why we can supply the material quickly. PyraSied currently has 6 types in stock. The stock types are Kaleido, Black Dapple, Blue Dapple, Alba, Charcoal and Ocean. The sheet material is available in 12mm and 20mm in the maximum sheet size 2000x1000mm. Other thicknesses and sheet sizes can be produced order-specifically and have a longer delivery time depending on the size of the project. The delivery time and prices of a special production of Smile Plastics are on request. The technical specifications per type and more information about customer-specific sheets can be requested via firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Smile Plastics types are stiff, completely moisture and weather resistant. The different types are currently being tested for UV stability. All Smile Plastics sheets are made from used plastics. Even though these plastics are food-grade, this does not automatically make the Smile Plastics sheets food grade. This can be tested in batches to obtain a food grade certificate. In terms of fire certification, there is a difference in which material Smile Plastics is concerned. Polystyrene is a flammable material and must therefore be placed at a good distance from an open flame. PET is not easily combustible and therefore falls under fire class Bs1d1 according to EN13501. Each type is made from a different type of plastic and varies therefore in properties:
Kaleido (PET) – Kaleido is a very colourful sheet and is made entirely of plastic PET bottles. One sheet contains between the 650 and 2500 plastic bottles, depending on the thickness. If you look closely at the sheet, you can even discover a barcode for example. This sheet has a dynamic character, the sheet seems to move in front of your eyes. The coloured spots all lead to a point where more spots are concentrated. Since this sheet is made entirely of PET bottles, the material has the same properties as the plastic PET. This means that the material has a very good fire classification (B2 according to the European standard EN13501) and therefore can be used as the only plastic in public spaces such as airports. The material will look great in the business lounge for passengers as a bar or counter front, for example.
Charcoal (PET) – Charcoal is made from PET packaging material and is deep black with silver-white flakes. Charcoal has the same characteristics as Kaleido, it is made from the same material. Kaleido and Charcoal are suitable as table- and worktops, bar- and counter fronts, furniture and splashbacks.
Ocean (PET) – The Ocean is the only translucent/see-through sheet from the classic collection and is, just as Charcoal, made from used packaging. This material has the same characteristics as PET. The application field of Ocean is broad since it can also be used for lighting applications such as translucent walls and furniture.
Alba (HIPS) – Alba is a white, marble-like sheet with flakes of gold and silver originating from the foil of yoghurt cups. Alba is stiff material and therefore suitable for table tops, furniture or in constructions. The material is resistant to moisture and is UV stable. Alba is reasonably scratch-resistant. Any scratches can be sanded and polished. Please note, HIPS is a flammable material and must, therefore, be placed at a great distance from an open flame.
Black and Blue Dapple (HDPE) – The Dapple sheets are made from cutting boards and packaging material. One sheet contains around 100 to 150 cutting boards. Since this sheet is made from HDPE, the material is not suitable for the laser and cannot be bond. This material is also difficult deformable. The Dapple sheets are ideal for table- and worktops, bar- and counter fronts and furniture. The Dapple sheets have a very small thickness tolerance of +/- 0.2 mm as they are flattened with the milling machine. If you are looking for material in specific 12 or 20mm, this type is the most suitable. Other types have a thickness tolerance of +/- 1mm.
The materials of Smile Plastics are very suitable as decorative sheet material for various applications. Bar- and counter fronts, furniture, wall cladding, retail presentations, and many more aesthetic applications. All types can be used for indoor- and outdoor applications, except the Ocean. The Smile Plastics sheets can be used for a large number of applications. The material is applicable for table tops, bar and counter fronts, wall coverings, displays, furniture, food presentations, partitions and decors. For more information, you can take a look at our Acrylic Community.
The material can easily be fabricated with standard woodworking machinery. The fabrication possibilities differ per type of material. Each material is easy to cut, mill, drill, and sand. Smile Plastics cannot be laser-cut. The PET and polystyrene types can be easily bent and be glued. HDPE, on the other hand, is very difficult to bend and glue, this can be solved by drilling the sheets. The material can be fabricated by PyraSied, but can also be easily fabricated by interior designers, kitchen- or bathroom specialists. For more information about our fabrication services, you can take a look at our fabrication page.
These sheets require little maintenance. Dirt and stains can be easily removed by using a mild detergent with warm water. The material is fairly soft, so be careful not to use corrosive agents. The HIPS and PET sheets are sensitive to organic solvents such as acetone, paint stripper and some cleaning agents. In addition, HIPS can slightly yellow as soon as it comes into contact with bright sunlight, this effect can easily be remedied by cleaning the material with normal bathroom cleaners or sanding it lightly. Scratches on the PET and HIPS can be sanded out using appropriate grades of paper, and refinished by flame and scotch pad on HDPE. Avoid using squeegees or dry cloths on the material as they may scratch the surface. The Alba (HIPS) has metallic foil on the surface and this can become dislodged when rubbing the surface harshly or using abrasives.
Recycled design plastics
Alba, Black Dapple, Blue Dapple, Charcoal, Kaleido, Ocean
architecture, decor building, display building, interior building, plastic fabricators/trade, retail design, Sanitary & installation, signage & advertising, yacht & marine building
awards, bar- and counter fronts, decors, displays, food presentations, furniture, partition walls, retail design, signage, wall cladding
Contact us for more information.
Any good carpenter or builder should be able to work with and install our panels using sharp woodworking equipment. For more detailed information, check out our handling instructions.
We offer our fabrication services to all business to business consumers.
Yes, you can. For routing we generally recommend you use sharp tools, slow feeds and fast speeds. For more detailed information, view our handling instructions.
Yes, you can thermoform our panels. The 5mm version will be the easiest to thermoform.
People use our materials for a wide range of applications from small-scale products and furniture to large-scale commercial interiors. The materials are very well suited to areas that get wet like in the bathroom as they are completely waterproof, rot resistant and resistant to most stains.
A number of customers have successfully used for panels for exterior use, and Dapple has been used to clad the exterior of buildings in the UK.
Our panels are 100% waterproof and rot resistant, but in general it’s best to avoid direct sunlight and large temperature variations:
– UV rays can begin to degrade the surface of the plastics particularly the yoghurt which will yellow on the surface (but you can sand down).
– Large temperature changes may also cause the panels to warp slightly, particularly if the there is a temperature differential across the two sides of the panel, but the panels should return flat when returned to room temperature.
If you have a larger project which requires good resistance to the elements then we may be able to create a bespoke material to meet your needs.
We do not recommend our classics materials as flooring as they can get slippery when wet. You could explore making small tiles, routing grooves in the material or applying a slip resistant coating to the surfaces, but you do this at your own risk. Alternatively, we could create a bespoke material suitable for this application – contact us to discuss further.
Lots of people do use our materials as kitchen work surfaces – they are easy to clean, waterproof, rot proof and resistant to stains, however you do need to bear in mind the following:
– Scratch resistance – our materials typically have medium scratch resistance but some of our materials are more scratch proof than others. Kaleido, Charcoal and Ocean are our most resistant materials, whilst Dapple is our softest (made from recycled chopping board plastic) and will scratch in the same way that a chopping board will. In either case, you will need to look after the surface. The pattern of the material is often such that it disguises any scratching if it does happen, and you can refinish the surface if required.
– Heat resistance – It is fine to put a hot cup of tea directly onto our surfaces. However, applying a sustained heat at +95 degrees may cause the material to denature (burn, warp etc) over time. Avoid placing any of our materials close to a strong heat source, and in particular avoid any open flames as some of the materials are flammable. We’d also recommend giving the surface a really good supporting substructure and securing it well from the underside to reduce warping through heat fluctuations.
Our recommendation is to use our thickest material, 20mm, for all tables and shelving as well as designing a good supporting substructure. A 2m x 1m table top with just 4 posts going directly into the panel underside is not going to be sufficient to support the material, and the panel may warp over time through gravity and excess weight.
Yes, this is possible. Bespoke materials tend to take 3-4 months to make up once they have been approved by you.
We will kick things off by discussing your needs in terms of application, quantities, colours and patterns. If you have a mood board to share with us, that will be really helpful.
The next step is for us to make a series of test tiles at approx. 15cm x 15cm to test and refine your idea. Once you have approved the material, we may want to test it at full-size panel scale before going into production.
Costs: As part of the R&D we charge £100+VAT for each test tile we make up for you.
The three bars are designed by Untitled Projects. Untitled projects has chosen the Smile Plastics collection for the top layer of the three bars in three different types: Kaleido, charcoal and black dapple. Each sheet is unique and has its own story and characteristics. Take a good look at the Kaleido sheet. Perhaps you can discover a barcode! These barcodes come from the PET bottles that are incorporated in them, each sheet is different.
Sustainability was an important starting point for the design of WE Fashion's new flagship store in Amsterdam. And that is reflected in the use of materials! In the store, you will find, for example, a checkout cabinet made from the Smile Plastics collection, type Black Dapple. Black Dapple panels are made entirely of plastic cutting boards.
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