Ecomoebel – Redesign of furniture in Germany
Topic of the practice
Waste Prevention - Bulky - Furniture
Good Practice Information
The ecomoebel GmbH is network for the reconditioning and marketing of used furniture. Under the brand “ZweitSinn” (meaning second purpose) it has established a recycling design co-operation [business] that brings together waste managers and waste collectors, designers, furniture producers and sellers resulting in a successful co-operation.
The aim of the recycling design business ZweitSinn is to
organise a platform where suppliers of used materials (old furniture, chipboards etc.), producers with the experience and ability to work with used materials, designers who have specified in so called recycling design and sellers in areas where a demand for unusual but high quality and environmentally friendly furniture design exists can “meet” and design, produce and sell re-design furniture.
Evidence of success
It is roughly estimated that the project has directly reached at least 5 to 10 times more people than initially expected (1000 person); concerning the number of people that now know about the network, the numbers would be even higher.
Avoided waste quantities:35 tonnes of furniture is sold per year. This reflects the amount of waste that is avoided because no new furniture is bought
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Dr. Laura Faltz