Heineken takes recycling to the championship level

September 3, 2021
By Ioni Doherty

Heineken has created the first ever F1 championship trophy made exclusively from recycled materials, as the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix returns to Zandvoort in the Netherlands for the first time since 1985.

Heineken collaborated with Dutch design powerhouse Piet Boon to create the sustainable trophies for the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2021 and W Series at Zandvoort and took inspiration for the design from the original trophy, awarded at the Zandvoort Grand Prix in 1939.

Made entirely from recycled Heineken bottles and crates, the stunning design was created to link past and present, showcasing Piet Boon’s craft and creativity.

The green glass bowl is created from recycled Heineken bottles, the plastic plinth formed from recycled plastic crates, with a presentation box made from waste plywood. Official F1 global partner Heineken unveiled the trophy earlier this week.

Each F1 and W Series recipient will have their race position engraved by hand into their trophy using sand, a nod to the beachside location of the iconic Zandvoort racetrack, with the glass bowl mouth blown and constructed by Sommer Dutch Glass Art from famous Dutch handmade glass from Leerdam, the so-called “City of Glass”.

To celebrate the trophy launch ahead of the Grand Prix, F1 legend and Heineken ambassador Sir Jackie Stewart narrates a short launch film showcasing the design and processes that were used to create the trophy exclusively from recycled materials. You can view it here.

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