Eco-friendly fur­nish­ings

The green brand turn­ing waste into home­wares

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - Contents - Jes­sica Doyle

AS THE OVERUSE of plas­tic, and its ef­fect on the planet, con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate the news, com­pa­nies pro­vid­ing in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to the is­sue are on the rise. One such ex­am­ple is the Dutch brand Vepa (, which has teamed up with so­cial en­ter­prise Plas­tic Whale to cre­ate fur­ni­ture us­ing plas­tic waste fished from Am­s­ter­dam’s canals. Its first col­lec­tion is des­tined for the of­fice, con­sist­ing of a board­room ta­ble, chairs and a lamp, and it’s a promising start – plus, some of the pro­ceeds will go to­wards fund­ing ini­tia­tives around the world that tackle plas­tic pol­lu­tion.

Closer to home (and de­signed for the home) is a col­lec­tion by Bri­tish brand Weaver Green, from hus­band-and-wife team Tasha and Barney Green. The cou­ple came up with the idea while trav­el­ling in Asia, where they spot­ted a fish­ing rope made from wa­ter bot­tles. Not­ing how it was strong and wa­ter­proof, they hit on the idea of reusing plas­tic waste in a more aes­thetic man­ner, and spent the next seven years de­vel­op­ing a fab­ric from dis­carded bot­tles.

Their aim was to pro­duce a ma­te­rial with the prac­ti­cal­ity of plas­tic – wa­ter­proof, wash­able and stain-re­sis­tant – but also the non-shiny, soft feel of wool, which they achieve by finely shred­ding the bot­tles into strips that are me­chan­i­cally combed, spun and dyed to cre­ate a wool-like yarn. The idea is to lend used plas­tic ‘enough value to en­sure it is col­lected and given new pur­pose’, says Tasha. ‘It’s an in­cred­i­ble ma­te­rial: prac­ti­cal, clean­able, light­weight and sta­ble. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.’

Based in Devon, the cou­ple pro­duce rugs that can be used in­side and out, each made from up to 3,000 bot­tles, with designs rang­ing from geo­met­rics in muted tones to rich, al­most Uzbek­style pat­terns. They have re­cently added cush­ion designs to the col­lec­tion, along with blan­kets in soft, sum­mery shades that are per­fect for pic­nics. Prices start from £25, weaver­

Weaver Green’s light­weight cobalt di­a­mond cush­ion, £25

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