Here are five sustainable products including furniture made from recycled material and reusable components.
As well as considering the materials and processes used to manufacture products, the focus is shifting to the entire lifespan of products, with designers and brands considering how products can be more easily repaired to extend their life in a bid to reduce emissions and mitigate damage to the environment.
Recycling materials to avoid waste and keeping products in use for as long as possible are two key principles of the circular economy, which many brands are trying to move towards.
New Modern table system by Tiptoe
The tables are made from responsibly sourced recycled or recyclable products: its tabletops are rendered in either pinewood certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) or in a terrazzo-style recycled plastic made from discarded yogurt pots.
Each component of the table can be easily repaired or replaced. The tables are also shipped in an 80-per-cent-recycled paper in order to reduce the plastic waste and carbon emissions related to transportation.
Rely chair by Hee Welling for &tradition
The shell of each chair, which is made from recycled polypropylene, is injection moulded to form the seat and backrest as a single piece.
Black polypropylene panels taken from the interiors of scrapped cars are used to form the black version of the chair, while post-industrial waste is combined with a pigment to create other colours.
Total modular sofas by Part & Whole
Canadian design company Part & Whole designed a modular sofa system that can be configured into different arrangements. The seating can be used to create a standalone chair, straight-back sofas or larger corner products.
Called Total, each component of the sofa is removable, replaceable and repairable, extending the lifespan of the product, which is one of the principles of the circular economy.
Costume sofa system by Stefan Diez for Magis
German designer Stefan Diez has created a modular sofa system called Costume, which is designed to be easily taken apart, recycled and cleaned.
Diez designed the sofa to challenge conventional sofa design, which makes it difficult to separate various components and prevents them from being recycled and repaired. Instead, Diez created a new construction method that prevents the constituent elements from being permanently fused together, so the sofa can be completely dismantled or replaced.
The sofa’s structure is made from polyethylene that has been recycled from industrial waste and can itself be further recycled, while its textile cover is washable and replaceable.
Smile Stool by Jaime Hayon for Benchmark
Spanish designer Jaime Hayon has designed the playful Smile Stool for British furniture maker Benchmark. The stool features two holes on the seat that create the eyes and are where the legs connect, while a mouth has been carved to serve as the carrying handle.
Made of American cherry wood, Benchmark has calculated that the stool stores more carbon in its timber than it emits via the production process, which makes it carbon negative.
The stool is manufactured in the UK and is classified Red List Free, which means it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals.