You've heard the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" before, right? One incredible eco-friendly, Belgium-based children's furniture company is trying to get "one kid's discarded plastic toy is another kid's new piece of upcycled furniture" to take off. It may not roll off the tongue the way the other saying does, but there is a lot of meaningful significance for the sake of our planet behind it.
ecoBirdy is a company dedicated to creating what was at one time, thought to be impossible - a complete collection made of 100% recycled plastic materials. The company admits that this is not an easy feat by any stretch of the imagination, because it takes a lot of work to guarantee safety and insist on high quality materials all while keeping every piece of their collection 100% recycled plastic.
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"ecoBirdy has created a system that goes from the collection and recycling of old, unused plastic toys to the design and production of furniture pieces," their website states. "The collection of kids furniture pieces is entirely made of recycled plastic from European waste. Each step is based on social and environmental responsibility".
But that is what they do. They have an "innovative materials" which they developed that separates all recycled plastic by color to give every product a unique and one-of-a-kind look. Their current collection consists of "Chair Charlie" an adorable child's chair in off-white, ocean, sky, strawberry, or vanilla colors. "Table Luisa" is a small table that comes in vanilla, ocean, or party (white) colors. There is also "Rhino Lamp", a lamp that looks more like a valuable sculpture which is available in sky, ocean, vanilla, strawberry, and black. And finally, "Container Kiwi", another sculpture piece resembling a Kiwi bird that also functions as a secret container in paua, ocean, and ponga (a dark green) colors.
Each piece costs a few hundred dollars but the sturdy construction ensures that you won't have to buy another child's chair for your little one. At the same time, it's a valuable way to teach children about the importance of recycling for the sake of our planet.
Creating children's furniture from waste isn't where founders Vanessa Yuan and Joris Vanbriel stop. They have also created an accompanying storybook and school program to ensure that children are taught about sustainability and creating less waste. The storybook and more information about products and the school program, as well as ways to contact Yuan and Vanbriel are available on their website.
"With toys as the most intensive users of plastic, 90% of toys for babies and toddlers made out of plastic and an average lifetime of only 6 months," the site says. "ecoBirdy gives plastic toys a new life".
We are all for this!