A range of flatpack Mexican furniture made from recycled bottles is both stylish and socially responsible.
As seen on Dezeen, the Luken-branded furniture includes side tables, chairs and tables for children, all of which can be assembled without nails or glue.
The pieces are made from either 100 per cent-recycled plastic bottles melted down into boards or 12mm-thick panels of valchromat – a through-coloured MDF material made from wood harvested from sustainably certified forests in Portugal.
As Dezeen reports, the Mexico City company’s founder, architect Paola Calzada Prats, was concerned about plastic pollution and its effect on the environment. So he started producing the furniture to help reduce plastic in the ocean and to promote awareness of the problem among younger generations.
“We are fed up with the images of garbage floating in the sea, and decided to take the tip of the iceberg and give it a better future,” the brand said.
“We are literally swimming in plastic, it’s been proven that there are micro particles of plastic in the fish we eat, and bottles from Mexican products have been dragged by sea currents as far as the coast of the UK.”
No chemicals are added in the manufacturing process of the Mexican furniture made from recycled bottles. “After cutting the boards, the result is flat pieces that are simply assembled in the client’s house.”
Luken has so far recycled up to 80,000 plastic bottles preventing them from ending up in rivers, lakes and oceans.
- Photography by Marta Kowalska and Hernan Peña.