PRODUCT LAUNCHES AT RECENT
TRADE SHOWS ILLUSTRATE THE DESIGN
INDUSTRY’S DOGGED COMMITMENT to
keeping unnecessary waste out of landfills and also
out of places where it simply doesn’t belong, like
our oceans. Manufacturers and designers alike have
identified everything from plastic water bottles to
automotive parts to the products they themselves
are making as having future material potential
and are turning what could have been discarded
products into an array of useful goods from lighting
to flooring and many things in between.
These promising products are among those proving
upcycling isn’t just a clever idea for at-home crafts
any longer, it’s a global movement toward a more
sustainable, livable planet, one that just happens to
be beautifully designed as well.
1. SHAW CONTRACT. Made from 40 percent post-consumer
PET (polyethylene terephthalate), environmental highlights for Shaw
Contract’s new PET Resilient flooring include 16 recycled plastic
bottles per square foot and 64 recycled bottles per plank, plus, no
plasticizers, chlorine, or PVC. Shown here is the first collection—
Palette—that also offers free reclamation and recycling into itself.
2. INTERFACE, INC. Drawn Lines by Interface is produced with
a controlled material stream so that it can then be reclaimed and
recycled into the company’s GlasBac RE recycled content backing.
Drawn Lines also will be third-party verified as a carbon neutral
product through Interface’s Carbon Neutral Floors program.
3& 5. WAKANINE. Designed by Stephen Pikus and distributed by
wakaNINE, the TRuK lighting line upcycles discarded diesel engine
air filters to create pendants and table lamps. Based in South Africa,
Pikus provides work for local “micro recyclers,” who are trained to
seek out the goods the designer will morph into new lighting designs.
4.JM LIFESTYLES LLC. WoodForm Concrete is a lightweight,
engineered composite from JM Lifestyles that looks like wood, but
acts like stone. The product consists of more than 50 percent recycled
content and produces zero waste in its own production. The product
will not crack, stain, or rot, allowing for a wood-look in locations
where real wood would be impractical.