Gas station Q8 on Steenweg op Mol in Turnhout has gained a hip, blue picnic furniture. This was 3D printed from 150,000 recycled cups from the Antwerp Marathon last September.
Nine thousand participants in the Antwerp Marathon who are each given a plastic cup with water or sports drink every 2.5 kilometers, that’s quite high. Last year, organizer Golazo and main partner Q8 collected the cups after use via recycling bins along the course.
“They were kept separate from other waste to give them a second life,” says Greg Broekmans, head of running events at Golazo. “In total we collected 150,000 cups. These were compressed into large bales, chopped into small pieces and melted into plastic pellets. We used a 3D printer to make an exclusive picnic set.”
Q8 placed the blue furniture at its branch in Turnhout on Steenweg op Mol, diagonally opposite coffee producer Miko. “From now on we can offer our customers a relaxing moment in the sun with a nice fresh sandwich or a coffee,” says Q8 press officer Katia Van Bouwel. “We are very proud that in this way we can give the recycled cups a useful second life.” The next edition of the Antwerp Marathon will take place on Sunday 11 September. (woad)