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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Netherlands 2018
The primary goal of the Serious Business initiative is to prevent plastics from ending up in the environment. A new product was created for Gispen with plastic waste from 20 companies, a well-known manufacturer and supplier of furniture in the Netherlands. Mid-December 2016, the first prototype made from recycled plastic, was finished and on the market. After that, five prototypes have been produced. This final design includes 50 kilo of plastic waste per product and is called: The “Sett sofa circular.”
In the Netherlands, plastic waste offered to Serious Business for recycling by companies is approximately 118,000 tons. This is the same amount as the plastic waste recycled by households. The total amount of plastic waste to be recycled is piling up at the recyclers because Dutch municipalities massively sell it to German colleagues. The Dutch association of municipalities tries to contain the overflow of plastic to be recycled to 25%; however, this remaining waste is burned instead of recycled.
The solution is to convert plastic waste into valuable products and raise awareness of the possibilities to use it innovatively. Twenty companies have joined the project and are delivering their plastic waste to an assembly point for sorting and further processing. After collecting all these plastics, based on the available technology, sofa production material is produced for Gispen who in turn use the recycled plastic waste to produce modern sofas.
Serious Business introduced a new production process, taking into account the new possible material flow during the production process. The Gispen sofa is made of 95% recycled waste material from all the waste was gathered by 20 different companies in the neighborhood around the Gispen plant. The social coherence between several businesses increased the innovativeness of these companies. In turn, this partnership has enabled them to get a better understanding of plastic waste management.