Australian design brand DesignByThem have released a stool made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. ‘Butter stool’, designed by Sarah Gibson and Nicholas Karlovasitis, is made almost entirely of recycled milk containers.
The designers believe that there is a large difference between designing products that can be recycled and products that are made from recycled materials.
“Many products can be recycled however the majority use virgin plastic, essentially adding more plastic to a saturated recycling system.”
Aside from the sustainable attributes of the product, the stool remains extremely robust, being UV-stable and waterproof.
Sarah, who also lectures in Ecodesign at the University of Technology Sydney, believes that the functionality of sustainable products should not be compromised. The stool can be hand assembled and is designed from a single piece of material which folds together to become rigid. The stools can also be stacked and are available in a variety of colours including yellow, white, black, grey, beige, blue, green, red & orange.
Nicholas and Sarah have been collaborating together for the past three years and are the creative minds behind DesignByThem. They have plans to expand the Butter range to include a complimentary table and a shelving system.