Oren Aks, a designer for the doomed event is utilizing one of it's most memorable components, garbage, to make ethical rugs

By Mackenzie Schmidt
February 25, 2019 06:16 PM
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The famously trash-strewn grounds of the failed Fyre festival haven’t turned one of its former directors off of garbage. In fact, he’s now using it to do some good.

Oren Aks was responsible for the viral social media posts that have become synonymous with the disastrous music event held in the Bahamas in April 2017.

He spoke out against Fyre co-founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule in Hulu’s Fyre Fraud documentary, garnering support on social media and even from Chrissy Teigen.

He also slammed his former employer, Jerry Media, where he was a co-founder and creative director. The company, started by Elliot Tebele, creator of the Instagram meme account F—k Jerry, handled the event’s misleading marketing and later helped produce Netflix’s documentary about it, Fyre.

After moving abroad and laying low following the fallout from Fyre, Aks has redirected his creative energy into designing a line of high-end rugs made entirely — and ironically — of plastic waste.

courtesy the Knot Collective

He teamed up with The Knot Collective, which partners with various creatives to create floor coverings made of 100% recycled materials. The company’s ethos, according to a statement provided to PEOPLE, is just about as far from that of the Fyre Festival as possible: “Addressing the ethical impact of consumption,” and “the effect of the way we live on a human level, as well as an environmental one.”

“Weaving a rug by hand out of 100% recycled plastic utilizing a design which started out digital is fascinating,” Aks said of the collaboration. “This crossover is what I enjoy so much about working with new mediums.”

The company identifies their ethically handmade rugs as “pieces of limited edition art,” and will only ever produce six of each of Aks’s designs.

“Owning just one Knot Collective rug will come with the knowledge that around 3,855 plastic bottles have been diverted from a landfill, meaning each rug purchased is made from 100% post-consumer material,” says the company’s director Mark Hanlon.

The Knot Collective also donates a portion of profits from each rug to Goodweave, an organization that is working to end child labor in the textile and carpet-weaving industries.

The three rugs designed by Aks, do come with a luxury price tag, however. They start at $1,178 for a 59″ x 79″ rug and go up to $8,380 (157″ x 209″).

One thing the designer won’t be doing? Returning to the luxury music festival scene.

“I think there’s plenty of room in the market for a festival of this magnitude if done right,” Aks told People Now in January. “And trust me, since this happened, I’ve gotten at least two dozen emails from people who think they will pull it off and want my help, which won’t happen.”