Manufacture of furniture from waste (upcycling)


For the Upcycling Furniture Facility: Metro Manila, generates almost a quarter of the country’s total waste generation, with 22% of these coming from Quezon City. The city’s inhabitants each generate an average of 0.66 kg. or 2,000 tons of garbage per day. The city’s ascent as an information technology capital will also lead to a rise in electronic waste, with computers and peripherals being manufactured to have shorter useful lives. This underscores the need for a facility that can reduce the waste that will end up in the dumpsite.

upcycle2Project description:
The project requires the establishment of a manufacturing facility that will use waste materials, including electronic waste, to produce modern, fashionable furniture pieces and home building materials. It promotes the development of durable products out of waste, not temporarily recycled consumables that will end up soon in the landfill just the same.

Inspirations are:

The ‘N+ew’ solution from Chilean Rodrigo Alonso who makes resin and aluminum-based furniture from e-wastes, including circuit boards, multi-colored wires, computer components, QWERTY keyboards, and even scratched CDs. He dumps these materials into a large cubic mold which is then filled with a clear epoxy resin and melted recycled aluminum to bind everything together.

  • When it’s set, it will be polished to a high-gloss finish. The result is sleek, modern chairs, tables and trunks that are also time-capsules, because they can preserve today’s technological parts for many years, while making them continuously useful as furniture.
  • Dirk Vander Kooij, winner of the 2011 Dutch Design Award, ingeniously reprogrammed an old industrial robot to extrude ground up and melted plastic from recycled electrical appliances like refrigerators, turning them into a tables and chairs.
  • upcycle3Transformation of used rubber tires into crumbled playground flooring or sidewalk pavers. Using these instead of concrete reduces costs of making concrete repairs. Modular, interconnecting design allows tree roots to obtain water and air through pavers' seams.

Of the Upcycle manufacturing facility

  • To the people of QC: reduced volume of waste, uncompromised dumpsite, less contaminants to environment
  • To the local government and businessmen: reduced pressure on landfill, new business opportunity, new source of revenues, employment generation

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