Plastic Bottles Are Not Trash: South Africans turn waste into a business opportunity

This is a short video about recycling in South Africa, focusing on waste management as a business, education and of course the environmental and social benefits recycling old materials. The film shows that recycling and reuse can be profitable for the whole community.

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The Green Chair Project: Recycled, Comfortable and Affordable

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal Sketch

Sketch of Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Spanish design studio, Estudio Marsical, have designed an affordable, comfortable, sustainable chair with a 100% recycled plastic recyclable seat.

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

The chair is ideal for small budgets, as the material and the manufacturing process are inexpensive.

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Because the chairs are all made from recycled material, they all have a dark grey colour. However each chair is unique and they vary slightly from one another.

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

 

Despite its coarse appearance, the seat has good ergonomics thanks to its polygonal geometric shape. To soften its texture, there is a high relief engraving that homogenises it and contrasts with the back of the chair. This displays a vein which makes it more robust and steady. The legs are made of wood and painted metal.

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

The Green Chair by the Barcelona based design studio is a project that was designed with the commitment to be affordable, pleasant and sustainable.

Shredded Furniture by Jens Praet

 Shredded Collection. Manufactured by Wandschappen for studio Jens Praet.  All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

Shredded Collection. 
All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

Studio Jens Praet has developed an innovative and unique approach to the use of waste materials in furniture design. The Shredded Collection uses paper from discarded Elle Decor Magazines to create steady and practical furniture. We first spotted his work at Design Miami in December 2012.

SHREDDED TABLE ( Elle Decor Collection ) Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin. Dimensions: 750 x 1800 x 800 mm (h x w x d). Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P 2012, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery DC & LA Manufactured by Wandschappen for studio Jens Praet. All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery


SHREDDED TABLE ( Elle Decor Collection ) Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin. All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

Jens Praet is a Belgian designer based in Panzano in Chianti, Italy. His design studio works from a conceptual and artistic angle and focuses on contemporary culture while incorporating traditional hand crafting and avant-garde techniques.

Shredded Library

SHREDDED LIBRARY ( Elle Decor Collection ). Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin. All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

SHREDDED LIBRARY ( Elle Decor Collection )All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

SHREDDED LIBRARY ( Elle Decor Collection )
All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

As a reaction to the huge amounts of waste paper produced in offices, Shredded seeks to transform this abstract concept of re-purposing waste materials into a reality. Non-useful documents and leftover magazines are transformed into valuable and useful objects.

SHREDDED LOW TABLE ( Elle Decor Collection ). Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin. Dimensions: 160 x 1200 x 400 mm (h x w x d). Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P 2012, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery DC & LA. Manufactured by Wandschappen for studio Jens Praet. Photography Credits: All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

SHREDDED LOW TABLE ( Elle Decor Collection ). Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin. All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

The paper strips are being mixed the confetti from shredded paper and resin into a mould and letting it harden to become rigid objects. This allows the waste materials to be reused and gives them a new purpose as practical building components.

Materials:Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin Dimensions: 450 x 900 x 350 mm (h x w x d) Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P 2012, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery DC & LA Manufactured by Wandschappen for studio Jens Praet Photography Credits: All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

SHREDDED TABLE AND HIGH BENCH. Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin. All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

The paper-resin composite boasts a firmness similar to wood and has a unique appearance. The collection demonstrates the diverse use and reuse of common materials such as paper, proving that there are a huge range of options available in terms of recycling.

SHREDDED HIGH BENCH ( Elle Decor Collection )Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin Dimensions: 450 x 900 x 350 mm (h x w x d) Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P 2012, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery DC & LA Manufactured by Wandschappen for studio Jens Praet Photography Credits: All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

SHREDDED HIGH BENCH ( Elle Decor Collection ). Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin. All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

Paper waste returns to our living or working area as functional furniture, bringing to mind just what little thought we give to general use of paper. All the pieces in the Shredded collection are available through Industry Gallery.

NewspaperWood – Reinventing Old News

Every day, piles of news­papers are discarded and recycled into new paper creating a huge surplus of paper. During her study at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2003, Mieke Meijer devised a solution to use this surplus of paper into a renewed material: Newspa­perWood.

Newspaperwood photo courtesy of Vij5

NewspaperWood photo courtesy of Vij5

NewspaperWood shows the reversal of a traditional pro­duction process;  but rather than creating paper from wood, this is the other way around. This process is actually coming full circle, returning the paper into its original form after it has been discarded. When a Newspa­perWood log is cut, the layers of paper appear like lines of a wood grain or the rings of a tree and therefore resembles the aesthetic of real wood. The material can be cut, milled, sanded and generally treated like any other type of wood.

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Mieke and Vij5 (Arjan van Raadshooven & Anieke Branderhorst) first met in 2007. When Vij5 discovered NewspaperWood in Mieke’s portfolio, they were so impressed that they decided to collaborate almost immediately.

. Photo courtesy of Vij5

Mieke and Vij5 with NewspaperWood. Photo courtesy of Vij5

After presenting NewspaperWood for the first time in 2008 at the Dutch Design Week Eindhoven (NL), Vij5 and Mieke continued developing the material and its production processs. In addition, they invited a group of talented young Dutch designers to experiment with NewspaperWood to design their first product collection.

Close up of Newspaperwood tabloid coffee table. Photo courtesy of Vij5

Close up of NewspaperWood tabloid coffee table. Photo courtesy of Vij5

NewspaperWood Tabloid Table. Photo courtesy of Vij5

NewspaperWood Tabloid Table. Photo courtesy of Vij5

Vij5 emphasise that NewspaperWood does not aim to be a large scale alterna­tive to wood, nor does it seek to transform all paper waste into a new material. The central theme in the project is ‘upcycling’ with which they seek to show how you can change a surplus of material into something more valuable by using it in another context.

A log of NewspaperWood on the bandsaw. Photo courtesy of Vij5

A log of NewspaperWood on the bandsaw. Photo courtesy of Vij5

Although printing techniques for newspapers are nowadays efficient enough to reduce the test prints and first unusable newspapers to a minimum, there still is enough material available. Next to that ViJ5 use ‘yesterday’s newspaper’: the newspapers that are printed but not sold and will turn out to be old news the next day anyway.

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NewspaperWood Sample Series. Photo courtesy of Vij5

To actually upcycle the news­papers into new wood-like material, Vij5 (temporarily) take the newspapers out of the already existing and efficient cycle of paper-recycling. Vij5 believe that it would be ideal to be able to bring their own waste material back into the circle again.

NewspaperWood Sample Series. Photo courtesy of Vij5

NewspaperWood Sample Series. Photo courtesy of Vij5

Therefore they use a glue to construct the material which is free of solvents and plasticizers, as these chemicals would make it more difficult to recycle. Using these environmentally friendly methods, it is not only possible to put any sawing and sandpaper­ing waste back into the circle, but also to make the Newspa­perWood easy to recycle.

A ‘Sheltered Island’ Made From Recycled Materials

Amsterdam-based design studio Social-Unit originally created a bed unit for homeless shelters, produced from recycled plastic bottle caps.

Amsterdam-based design studio Social-Unit originally created a bed unit for homeless shelters, produced from recycled plastic bottle caps. Photo courtesy of Social Unit/No.19 Greek Street.

The Amsterdam-based design studio Social-Unit originally created a bed unit for homeless shelters, produced from recycled plastic bottle caps.

Social Unit Bed No.19 Greek Street

Using recycled materials and the creative use of space they came up with this elegant design.

Social Unit Bed at No.19 Greek Street

The bed is specifically crafted to create a cosy “sheltered island” space in the middle of a large open-plan space.

Social Unit Bed at No.19 Greek Street

The structure gives a feeling of an individual ‘home’ almost like a small self contained cabin providing a safe personal space regardless of the room or surrounding environment.

Social Unit Bed at No.19 Greek Street

Photo courtesy of Social Unit/No.19 Greek Street.

The design has also been adapted and modified to become a luxurious residential bed complete with ample storage, a vanity table, a small desk, and electric outlets and lighting.