Plastic alternatives and green components
27 Jun 2019
RePlastic by Khalil Design
Material from recycled waste or renewable raw materials offers future-oriented alternatives to plastics. Exhibitors at interzum 2019 presented new and innovative solutions.
In the manufacture of furniture and its components, recycled or biomaterial is now a serious alternative to plastic. This was proven by various exhibitors at this year's interzum with new products. For example, the furniture fittings of the Swedish manufacturer Ackurat are already being produced with “ocean-waste material”, recycled fishing nets or wood fibers. The company uses biodegradable material from up to 80 percent renewable resources. By 2020, 100 percent of fossil-free materials will come into production of the company.
Furniture fittings made of biodegradable materials, Ackurat
Wagner System GmbH presented a green alternative to conventional castors, wheels and furniture glides from plastic at the interzum 2019. The newly developed "Ecofriendly" components of the manufacturer from the Black Forest are not only characterised by a natural wood appearance, but also score with a positive energy balance. Using state-of-the-art injection moulding technology, they are made from a special bio-compound, which consists of up to 80 percent renewable raw materials. The added regenerative ingredients become visible similar to a wooden structure.
Rattan instead of plastic
An alternative to plastic is the natural material "karuun shine", which was awarded this year's interzum Award. The young company out for space from Bavaria wins the material from the rattan palm. The material is light- and air-permeable as well as sound-insulating and can also be deformed. The environmentally friendly material thus opens up a multitude of new application possibilities - for example in the areas of acoustics, interior design, lighting, floor coverings etc.
For the packaging of cushions or duvets, the exhibitor Willems Packaging came up with a green solution. With recycled packaging, the Dutch manufacturer wants to contribute to a sustainable circular economy. For this he offers various types of recycling bags made of various materials. Cotton or cardboard is reused in the bags as well as polyethylene and other plastics. Popular formats can already be delivered in small quantities.
New design made of used plastic
Plastic alternatives were also presented on the special areas of interzum. In the material hub at the Piazza "Mobile Spaces" the Stuttgart-based design office Khalil presented high-quality new surfaces made of plastic waste. "RePlastic" is a versatile product made from used plastic that is shredded into small granules using a specially developed machine. The further processed material is suitable, for example, for use in electric vehicles or architectural projects.