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The British furniture brand introduces its first outdoor furniture collection with the launch of the Latte Chair and a new outdoor version of their classic Canteen Table.
The collection features the world ́s first furniture made with biocomposite technology from the Swedish company Trifilon, combining recycled plastic with hemp fibres to drastically lower the CO2-impact of production and make this furniture the most sustainable choice of its kind.
Trifilon uses a special technique to wash and treat the fibres from the industrial hemp plant, using the exceptionally strong fibres to reinforce the recycled plastic making it stiffer and sturdier.
Taking its name from the French word for slats (a distinctive aesthetic component of the chair’s design), the Latte Chair’s biocomposite also reduces the chair’s CO2 footprint drastically – namely due to the fact its recycled component repurposes plastic, avoiding the need for new plastic to be shipped from abroad. Additionally, the plants used to produce the hemp fibre will capture carbon from the air while they grow, further reducing the final the CO2 footprint of the product.
Using this biocomposite technology represents a forward-thinking step for VG&P as it repurposes a waste stream and introduces a renewable, agricultural ingredient into its production. The high quality of this biocomposite means that the chair’s plastic can be recycled again – a full commitment to circular economy principles. The Trifilon biocomposite of the Latte Chair has a C02 footprint of 0,235 kg C02 eq./kg, a reduction of +85% compared to a typical plastic chair.
Designed to be paired with the Latte Chair, the Canteen Outdoor Table is an extension to VG&P’s popular Canteen Table family, featuring a carefully selected, treated Accoya top – a proprietary modified wood that has become the timber industry benchmark for performance and sustainability. This engineered wood is sustainably sourced with FSC® certification and it has minimal environmental impact throughout its entire life, from production, through its use, right the way to the end of its life.
The Canteen Outdoor Table resembles the indoor version with a simple and utilitarian design, with legs composed of recycled powder-coated aluminium with matching support rails. Both the Latte Chair and the Canteen Outdoor Table are manufactured in the UK and available in a variety of natural tones, which work for both commercial and domestic settings.
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