Plastic products have largely contributed to a share of pollution because about half of the world’s manufactured plastics end up in landfills or oceans, according to 5 Gyres, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing plastic pollution. Plastic bottles for example, have made it more difficult to effectively recycle because most distributors use two different types of polymers for the bottle and the cap that closes it.
Bottles are typically made with level one plastic, known as “PET” plastic, whereas caps, are built from level five plastics, which consist of raw, difficult-to-break-down materials, Tree Hugger explained. When sorting facilities do not unscrew caps from bottles, it can damage the green recycling process. As we work toward eco-friendly solutions, it is important to find a place to break down or reuse these caps.
Kacama, a Hong Kong-based design agency, has found a way to save caps instead of throwing them away. Through their P.P. capsule line of beanbag chairs, each item is filled with more than 4,000 plastic caps. This flexible chair, filled with broken down caps, can be used in living rooms at home or in an office space.
The exterior material of the beanbag chair itself is also made from recycled products, which is actually more affordable than making conventional polyester. Because the product is made of “post-consumer PET bottles and post industrial waste, which requires less energy to produce than virgin polyester,” these bean bag chairs are an example of how furniture is being reused and repurposed.
Kacama designers understand that their recycling process is not necessarily a cradle-to-cradle design. They understand that once the bean bag is no longer used, the question about what to do with the bottle caps is expected to resurface, but it is a start. The infographic posted on Design Boom illustrates how each aspect of the beanbag is made with repurposed products.
Businesses that are considering expanding their enviromental office solutions, but don’t want to make their own recycled furniture, should consider visiting a used office furniture liquidator.
Instead of purchasing fresh-from-the-factory pieces, people are encouraged to buy lightly-used work stations, desks, and chairs. This alternative is a great way to reduce overall pollution, while reducing expenses.