Ecomoebel – Redesign of furniture in Germany

Project information

Index: 0694R2
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Waste management
Location GERMANY NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN Detmold Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2000

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

Ecomoebel GmbH;

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