Transforming Sustainability into Art: Post-Consumer Recycled Polypropylene


Transforming Sustainability into Art: Post-Consumer Recycled Polypropylene

In recent years, the design furniture industry has witnessed a paradigm shift towards sustainability, driven by a growing environmental awareness and the pressing need to address plastic pollution. Post-consumer recycled polypropylene (PP) remains a promising solution, offering designers and manufacturers a sustainable alternative to virgin plastics.

Sustainable and Conscious Production

At Resol, we explore the benefits and implications of incorporating PP (polypropylene) into our designer furniture with the Green Edition range, highlighting its potential to promote a more circular and environmentally responsible approach to production. At the forefront of the sustainable design movement, PP embodies the principles of the circular economy by diverting plastic waste from landfills and oceans and giving them new life as functional and aesthetically pleasing furniture pieces like the redesigned iconic chair Toledo Aire, in its PP version. By using this material, designers can significantly reduce the demand for virgin plastics, thus conserving finite resources and mitigating the environmental impact of furniture production. This transition from a linear to a circular model not only minimizes waste generation but also contributes to ecosystem preservation and the reduction of carbon emissions associated with plastic production.


Creativity and Responsibility

One of the main advantages of PP in Resol's designer furniture is its versatility and adaptability to various styles and design applications. PP can be molded and shaped into virtually any form, allowing designers like Joan Gaspar or Jorge Pensi to unleash their creativity and produce innovative and visually appealing furniture designs, such as the Tokyo chair by Josep Lluscà, or our award-winning armchair Bini by designer Joan Gaspar. Whether it's elegant modern chairs for indoor use or outdoor terrace sets, PP offers endless possibilities to create stylish and functional furniture pieces that resonate with environmentally conscious consumers.

In addition, Resol's furniture boasts exceptional durability and performance. Contrary to misconceptions about the inferior quality of recycled materials, at Resol, we subject PP to rigorous processing and quality control processes to ensure it meets industry standards in terms of strength, stability, and longevity. As a result, Resol's furniture made with PP is resistant to wear and tear, UV exposure, moisture, and other environmental stressors, making them suitable for use in both indoor and outdoor spaces in contract, residential, hospitality, hotel furniture, shopping malls, and public spaces.

Resol Quality Seal

To ensure the recyclability of all plastic products, Resol injects them with thermoplastic polymers. Additionally, these are sustainably designed for the environment. Products with more than one component are easily separable. Likewise, all products stand out for their maximum quality and long lifespan, contributing to environmentally responsible production.

Green Edition

Glass fiber is used as a reinforcing agent in polymeric products and is obtained by melting glass in a furnace and then extruding it into spirals to form fibers. In Europe alone, over 120,000 tons of used glass fiber are sent to landfills. To reinforce and maximize the quality of plastic products, Resol offers some of its products with recycled glass fiber and in all products of the Green Edition range.

Revolutionizing the Industry

Post-consumer recycled polypropylene has tremendous potential to revolutionize the designer furniture industry and advance sustainability goals. By embracing PP, Resol along with designers can create furniture that not only meets high aesthetic and functional standards but also embodies environmental responsibility and care. As awareness of the environmental impacts of plastic waste continues to grow, PP represents a tangible and impactful solution to turn waste into valuable resources and reshape the future of designer furniture towards a more circular and sustainable paradigm.

Not Familiar with Gritek® Yet?

Years of experience in injection molding have allowed Resol to define a process to utilize all plastic that had reached the end of its life cycle. In this way, Resol is capable of turning materials collected from the waste stream into recycled furniture. We call post-consumer recycled plastic Gritek®.

The Gritek® formula by Resol leverages advanced materials and manufacturing processes to create furniture that withstands the demands of modern life while minimizing its environmental impact. One of the key features of Gritek® is the use of high-quality and purposefully designed polymers that offer superior stability and strength compared to traditional materials. These polymers are carefully selected and formulated to meet rigorous quality standards, ensuring that Resol's furniture products exhibit exceptional durability and longevity.

Under the new Green Edition range, we can find some of our best designs manufactured using post-consumer recycled material injection techniques. Thus, we can offer our customers a more sustainable range that preserves the same characteristics and properties as models made with new plastic.

In addition to its robust material composition, the Gritek® formula encompasses innovative production methods that optimize resource utilization and minimize waste generation. By incorporating cutting-edge manufacturing techniques such as injection molding and machining, Resol achieves precise and efficient production processes resulting in minimal material waste and energy consumption. This not only reduces the environmental footprint of Resol furniture production but also enhances operational efficiency and profitability.