The initiative “Make Furniture Circular” (MFC) with the support of the Engagement Migros development fund, demonstrates the opportunities the circular economy offers to the furniture industry, in particular for office furniture and mattresses. In Switzerland, approximately 1 million mattresses end up in the incinerator every year. Thus, one of our goals is to establish a mattress recycling process in Switzerland. To move forward on this topic, the creation of a market for the resulting secondary material is crucial. With the project cloud sofa, we want to change the image of this material from “dirty rubbish” to “material in demand with innovation potential” and to keep the material in use for longer without an extensive chemical recycling. Inspired by this challenge, FINK Product Design developed a concept for a sofa with the key ingredient recycled “mattress foam”. Over the next months, MFC and FINK (and additional, yet to be identified partners) will collaboratively develop the concept into a prototype. The joint vision is to go far beyond just the use of secondary material but to develop a truly circular and ground breaking product that can serve as a showcase and source of inspiration for the industry.
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