Discarded furniture represents 42.7% of the non-selectively collected bulky waste in Flanders. Of all the furniture, upholstered seats are also the most complex and diverse in terms of material use and construction.
With the REFURN project, furniture manufacturers Drisag and Indera want to contribute proactively to an economically and ecologically interesting solution for this problem. We want to stimulate the reuse of upholstered seating, its components and materials by focusing on two pillars. On the one hand, we want to look for feasible circular business models that stimulate sustainability and reuse within the market. On the other hand, we want to focus our attention on ecodesign guidelines that can promote the lifespan and reuse of our seating. We have tested these guidelines on two existing seats and they can serve as a basis for the (re)design of existing and new seating collections.
Partners Indera, Drisag
Thanks to this project, Drisag is convinced that the transition to circular solutions is an important added value and necessary for a sustainable future in the furniture sector. The company wants to remain at the forefront and has committed to a new project to take REFURN developments to the next level and find solutions to the current barriers.
Indera is looking to better commercialise its ecodesign seat by participating in the creation of a wider platform for circular design. The seat is a circular part of a total furnishing solution for a specific segment of the hotel market. The participation in the Interreg project ECY-TWIN also offers Indera opportunities to further develop this part of its development trajectory.