PLANQ transforms low value materials into high value interiors
An environmentally conscious furniture brand and design studio, PLANQ is the brainchild of brothers Anton and Dennis Teeuw, who believe that it is their moral obligation as designers to design out waste from production.
Millions of tonnes of clothing are sold globally each year – with a large portion ending up burned or entering landfill. A fraction of clothing is recycled. Anton and Dennis see this has a huge global issue, believing that as designers they could make a real impact on the fashion industry – by creating innovative furniture using circular economy principles.
After a long research process, PLANQ found an innovative method to reuse textile waste, transforming it into high-quality materials. This allowed them to create sustainable furniture and save discarded textile waste from entering landfill.
The result is a circular composite made from textile waste and 100% organic plastic fibres, making PLANQ’s furniture completely sustainable and reusable. This composition has a positive environmental impact, and is designed to be reused, repaired and remanufactured.
‘Product waste and pollution are no accident, but the consequences of decisions made at the design stage, where around 80% of environmental impact are determined,’ says the team. ‘Designers need to change their mindset to view waste as a design flaw.
‘We design our products with a solution in mind: removing textile waste from landfill. On average, more than two tonnes of clothing are bought each minute in the UK alone. 11 million garments end up in landfill each week in the UK, and an estimated 350,000 tonnes of textile/clothing waste are either burned or enters landfill every year.’
The Scandinavian-inspired Unusual Chair collection is a sustainable equivalent of the fiberglass or polyester bucket seat. Each chair consists of 12 pairs of recycled jeans – equating to approx. 3.5kg of textile waste and saving up to 16.275 litres of water.
With a name derived from the South African Ubuntu, which stand for humanity, sharing and sustainability, the Ubu chair is designed with solid, curved FSC® certified solid oak and walnut, with a seat and back made from textile waste and biodegradable binder.
Find out more at planqproducts.com