Company in Amsterdam Turns Plastic Garbage into Furniture

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Company in Amsterdam Turns Plastic Garbage into Furniture PHOTOGRAPH: Plastic Whale |

A company based in Amsterdam is championing the fight against plastic waste which is destroying the world’s oceans and other bodies of water. In February, it has launched a furniture line consisting of design pieces made with trashes that are fished out from the city’s canals.

The company, Plastic Whale, has pride itself as the “first professional plastic-fishing company in the world.” Through partnerships with other two companies, LAMA Concept and Vepa, it has created a line of high-end office furniture consisting of a boardroom table, a chair, lamps, and acoustic wall panels. The line has been called the Plastic Whale Circular Furniture.

LAMA is a design company creating high quality products for use in architecture and interiors. Vepa, on the other hand, is a furniture company based in Holland.

The three companies all recognized the need for a solution to address the volumes of plastic waste that continue to destroy major rivers, lakes, and ocean bodies all over the world. To date, there are approximately eight billion kilos of plastic waste accumulated through the years.

LAMA has also been a leading agency that specializes in sustainable design. With its expertise, the Plastic Whale Circular Furniture is designed with materials that can be disassembled for reuse when the furniture piece is no longer of use.

Vepa, meanwhile, has other “waste streams” consisting of steels and residual fabrics which Plastic Whale was able to recycle and incorporate with the new furniture.

Plastic Whale said that while they started in Amsterdam, they have visions of bringing their initiatives into the global level. In fact, all proceeds from their first sales of the Circular Furniture will be invested in companies across the world that share similar visions about eliminating plastic wastes.

Amsterdam has been making a name in environmental initiatives recently. The capital of The Netherlands also saw the opening of what was dubbed as the world’s first plastic-free supermarket in February.

Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza has been selling plastic-free meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy, sauces, cereals, chocolate, and other snacks since it opened its doors last month. The company has been aiming to roll out similar aisles in all of its 74 branches by the end of 2018.

“We know that our customers are sick to death of products laden in layer after layer of thick plastic packaging. Plastic-free aisles are a really innovative way of testing the compostable biomaterials that offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic packaging,” Ekoplaza chief executive, Erik Does, said of the company’s initiative.