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Source: Plastic Whale

This Furniture Is Made From Plastic Found In Amsterdam's Canal

By Tessa Love

Amsterdam is a pretty green city. In the past, it has created 3D-printed benches out of recycled plastic, turned a former prison into a sustainable community, and the city is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 90 percent by 2050. Despite these efforts—and its distinction as one of the most sustainable cities in Europe—the idyllic canal that runs through its center is still a site for discarded plastic bottles and other plastic refuse to collect, creating what Dutch organizations Plastic Whale and Vepa call the "plastic soup problem." To combat this, the two organizations have banded together to create Plastic Whale Circular Furniture—high-end office furniture made from Amsterdam canal plastic.

The first step is gathering the plastic. Together with thousands of Amsterdam residents, Plastic Whale—the first professional plastic fishing company in the worldscours the canals with boats (which are also made from recycled plastic) and large nets and fishes out thousands of pounds of plastic refuse. Next, Dutch furniture manufacturer and leader in the field of sustainable innovation, Vepa, takes the plastic and turns it into beautifully designed office furniture. 

"Our mission is to create economic value from plastic waste, involving as many people as possible," said Marius Smit, founder of Plastic Whale. “With office furniture we can make an even greater impact, as many companies want to make a positive contribution to a cleaner environment."