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As part of a larger cooperation initiated by The Circular Furniture Network between Målbar, The Upcycl and 6 design companies, 13 very creative stools were created from the same basic stool made of reused pinewood.

Almost all the additional materials that were added to the designs were also reused. Målbar calculated on all the stools in the reused versions and in virgin versions to see the difference in climate impact between virgin a reused materials.

We have used this unique project as case example to explain different relevant topics. Below, you can se an overview of the blogposts in which we have used one of the stools to examplify a subject.

Article 1
Reuse vs. Recycling

We’ll use the one called ‘A fashionable and voluminous hat and skirt design’ as example. It is upholstered with felt and African textile, which carry the main part of the product’s climate emissions. The version with textile cover made from reused textiles has an estimated climate impact of 24 kg of CO2eq while the virgin version has an estimated climate impact of 36 kg of CO2eq. If we change the textiles from being virgin to being 100% recycled textiles, the climate impact only goes down to 34 kilos of CO2eq.

Article 2
Reused vs. virgin materials: production waste

In one case – the stool with the leg warmers named The iconic Jane Fonda – the CO2eq emissions were higher in the upcycled materials version than in the virgin version. This was due to the waste material. The virgin version had a footprint of 10 kg of CO2eq while the reused version emitted 11 kilos of CO2eq.

Article 3
Are your products made
to be unmade?

Version 13 – Balancing Contrasts – is a multifunctional lamp table made from pine wood, steel tubes from wheelbarrow production, and recycled paper.
This version is interesting in a design for disassembly perspective because of its metal parts and electronic parts.

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