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Turning old into new:
seat covers made from recycled drinks bottles

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© Brunner

Polyethylene terephthalate or PET for short. It is the material used to make drinks bottles. Consumers in Germany can return these bottles to supermarkets after use and collect the refundable deposit. But what happens to the no-longer-needed, crushed bottles? Some of them are made into bottles again, others into T-shirts or fleeces. And some of them are made into seat covers. Brunner uses a cover fabric made from 100% recycled polyester for many of its products.

But before the bottles can be made into covers, they must undergo a complex process. They are chopped up, ground, melted and then processed with a flame-retardant additive to produce a flame-resistant polyester thread. The fabric that gives old new life is aptly called Revive. It is processed for Brunner by the textile manufacturer Kvadrat. The new cover fabric appears monochrome from a distance, but up close, a subtly structured pattern can be detected. Revive was designed by the British designer Georgina Wright.

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© Brunner

“There are not many suppliers who offer raw materials made from recycled material in the first place,” says Hanne Haaf, Brunner Product Manager. “We are all the more happy to have found Kvadrat, a partner offering a cover fabric consisting of 100% recycled polyester which at the same time meets our high quality standards. After all, for us there will be no compromises in terms of product quality.”

Resource conservation and environmental protection are immensely important at Brunner. The family-run company formulated its goals in an environmental declaration in autumn 2014: “In the future, we want all products made by us in Rheinau to be offered as stemming from verifiably environmentally friendly development and manufacturing,” explains Managing Director Dr. Marc Brunner. For a large part of the contract furniture from the comprehensive Brunner product portfolio, product-specific environmental statements certified to DIN EN ISO 14021 Type II have been available since spring 2014.