Design, circular economy and the HANDY Stool

21.10.2019

Design is much more than a beautiful object with the perfect proportions and colour. It has to be functional, of course, because it addresses a need. But in our complex world of uncertainty, a step forward is necessary: we should conceive the product holistically. This means the initial idea, the manufacturing, assembly process and the materials, the period of use and finally the end of life cycle need careful consideration.


Design needs to address what happens next with the materials that are used. Are they recycled? Are they recyclable? Which is the environmental impact that the product would have once it is not used? Design needs to reach a wider scope of responsibility and involvement in the circular economy. Design has to close the loop.

But this is only possible if this new scope is valued by people when purchasing the products. It is our responsibility as designers and/or consumers. It is in our hands.

 

HANDY 100/100

HANDY 100/100

 

HANDY, a stool that closes the loop

Stephen Philips of ARUP designed HANDY Stool to be used and cherished for a long time. HANDY was created to last. It is not superfluous and unnecessary, it is versatile, functional, simple but technically sophisticated.

Supported by ISO 14006:2011, Ecodesign is a methodology that analyses the life cycle of a product and tries to diminish its environmental impact. During the product development process HANDY was ecodesigned and finally, an improvement of 10,4% was achieved.

Materials play a key role in sustainability and the circular economy. HANDY is manufactured in 100% recyclable polypropylene but we are committed to do it even better. That’s why we worked with pioneer companies at European level of polypropylene recycling to launch a new version of HANDY 100% Recycled and 100% Recyclable: HANDY 100/100.

 

HANDY 100/100 Sticker

HANDY 100/100 Sticker

 

More than a sticker

The first color to be launched in the new version of HANDY 100/100 is black and soon the other colors will be available.

When comparing the 100/100 and the standard version, we found difficult to distinguish between them. The standard version is more homogeneous whereas the 100/100 version has little imperfections due to the recycled nature of the material. But the difference is not so evident.

How to distinguish between them? How to inform buyers that they are really buying a sustainable product? We have created a sticker that will be placed on the left corner of HANDY.

It is more than a sticker, it is a little proof of the SELLEX commitment to create sustainable products that contribute to the circular economy. It is a little step in a longer race.

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