Jessica den Hartog — Remade Textile

Published: Thursday 12th November

Almost everything we use today is packed. You eat your sandwich out of a plastic bag, we drink from a plastic cup, your eggplant and cucumber are wrapped in plastic. What would it be like if all these materials could be used continuously? The question is what you can do to get (y)our raw materials circular?  My name is Jessica de Hartog, I am a material designer and I create new materials from plastic waste.

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With the dutch design week of 2020 I will present 3 projects and 3 livestreams. Each livestream is started from a project in which plastic waste transforms into a new material. The livestream invites designers and companies to think differently about sharing our knowledge and inspire others to not try and solve this waste-problem alone, but to do it together.

Remade Textile

Less plastic waste is one of the Schônste wijk’s wishes. I have converted this wish into a workshop experiment to develop plastic waste into valuable materials with basic tools. 

In collaboration with Art-fact / neighborhood culture Tilburg, an artist in residence program was set up in the first half of 2020 with me to work on this experiment from different locations.  

How are you handling your production waste? 

In this project, the starting point was working with (textile) techniques to create the possibility to present visual work while researching the aesthetic value of plastic waste as a raw material. Our goal is to make the process transparent and accessible and to decrease the industrial waste. The materials used, in this project, are plastic bags, fruit nets and plastic bottles. Based on the idea that all the waste in our surrounding can be re-used. The knowledge that has been developed during this process is shared through workshops, events, teaching packages and customized in company advice.  

Schônste wijk is a Tilburg neighborhood culture program by Art-fact to make the Goirke-West and Hasselt neighborhoods more beautiful, cleaner and more fun with artistic interventions.  

During this livestream I entered into a conversation with Leonne Cuppen (Yksi Connect), Kees van den Boomgaart (Sparkling pastic), Saskia Dellevoet (Art-fact Tilburg), Ron Lambi (Chillabs) about the topic Sharing knowledge about waste as a raw material. Each participant has his own workshop to transform plastic into usable new material, but each in his own way. How can we share and bundle this knowledge with each other?

• Remade Textile


An ancient way of making textiles is by spinning threads from the cocoons of silkworms into yarns. Not all caterpillars spin threads around themselves when pupating. Some make a hard cocoon, this is called the chrysalis. Plastic packaging material can be seen as a kind of artificial cocoons, which are collected in this project and transformed into yarns and textiles. The Chrysalis project is therefore part of the new nature that we as human beings have created and the material cycle that we have to recreate in it.

 Designers Jessica den Hartog and Michelle Baggerman are both fascinated in their own way by the possibilities of waste plastic. With their designs, Jessica and Michelle show the beauty and versatility of waste plastic and create new value and appreciation for this waste material, with the aim of increasing the usability of this material. Now they want to bundle their knowledge and expertise to research how industrial processes can be used to produce textiles from PE packaging material. To take the step from artistic research to industry, they work together with research institute AMIBM.

During this livestream I talked to Eva Jongejan (Coulisse) and Ronald de Boer (Rofa) about what the textiles of the future might look like. Sharing knowledge of what this textile should look like and what conditions it needs, an open conversation to inspire each other.

• Chrysaslis

BIY Sneaker

Livestream Re-engineering fast fashion in combination with the project BIY Sneaker

The first 100% circular and modular sneaker. No glue and no stitching.

Jeffrey Heiligers (Re-Engineer) and Jessica den Hartog (material designer), together with CHILL (Chemelot Innovation & Learning Labs), have developed their 3D proof of concept to challenge the footwear industry to drastically change their production process.

In this vision of the future, material and product design have been used to look for a playfulness in circularity, shape and technology. We also found it important to involve the consumer in the manufacturing process. The shoe is made up of various parts and can be self-assembled. Each component is made from only one type of plastic, making the recycling process easier – any parts in need of replacement are taken back by the manufacturer and processed into components for new shoes. There is no reason for any parts to not be reused.

During this livestream I talked to Giny Janmaat, Suzy Mattocks and Jeffrey Heiligers about what the fast fashion industry should look like in the future. What is already going on and how we can inspire each other for the future in this context.

• BIY Sneaker

Want to know more about Jessica den Hartog? Visit her Driver Profile page, or see more of her work at