Designer furnituremade from discarded plastic toys
Innovative technology - manual & machine sorting
ecoBirdy recycles discarded plastic toys into colorful designer furniture for kids. Vanessa Yuan and Joris Vanbriel, the founders of ecoBirdy, spent years of research on how to sustainably recycle plastic toys. Since they are often made from different types of plastic and additional materials, the recycling of plastic toys represents a big challenge. They are therefore often not recycled at all. However, the founders of ecoBirdy have developed an innovative technology of manual and mechanical sorting which makes it possible.
The result is the multi-award-winning designer chair Charlie, which consists out of their patented material ecothylene. Pieces of recycled plastic toys are clearly visible in the design and thus account for the distinctive, speckled look. Currently, the designer chair is exhibited in several museums. As a B Corp-certified company, transparency and social as well as environmental responsibility are at the heart of the company.
Recycling as well as the design and manufacture of the products take place in Europe. Their material ecothylene is lightweight, sturdy and has a smooth, silky surface. The design has thereto been adapted to the needs of children. The material is also not colored, which makes every Charlie an exciting eye-catcher and a pedagogically valuable furniture for the nursery or children's room. Moreover, by means of a school program, ecoBirdy aims to familiarise children and young people with the topics of recycling and circular economy. Their goal is to change the world for the better.