Wealth from Waste

The Re­tyre­ment Plan

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Just as you ad­mir­ingly watch the vi­brant colours of the couches and chairs, Anu Tan­don Vieira re­veals that ev­ery fur­ni­ture piece is made out of old dis­carded car tyres and ropes made of tai­lor­ing waste and plas­tic wrap­pers. “Hav­ing worked on a range of mar­ket driven projects for over 25 years, as a de­signer, I started feel­ing the need to, in some way, use my ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence, to the en­vi­ron­ment,” says Vieira, a post-grad­u­ate in tex­tiles from the Na­tional In­sti­tute of De­sign. Five years ago, she launched The Re­tyre­ment Plan that in­cor­po­rates waste gen­er­ated by in­dus­tries to cre­ate beau­ti­ful fur­ni­ture pieces. Ev­ery tyre is washed and sani­tised and skilled cane weavers then in­ter­twine thick durable ropes made of plas­tic waste in Gu­jarat and Ra­jasthan waste with cane and start weav­ing the piece. Dur­ing her re­search, Vieira found a par­tic­u­lar type of rope that’s made by crafts­men in Gu­jarat and started us­ing it. With ev­ery rope fash­ioned from waste, each strand of­fers a rain­bow of colours that add to the fur­ni­ture piece.

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