Nomique announces the launch of a new seating collection made from the recycled plastics found in the wraps used by hospitals to keep their surgical instruments sterile.

30 June 2022 – Nomique, a Fair Furniture Company is proud to announce furniture manufacturer Vepa and climate neutral material technology provider Bywyd launched a unique chair made out of surgical waste today. The Blue Finn. The seat and shell are made of Bluewrap, the material that many hospitals and other care facilities use to keep medical instruments sterile. The entire chair is made locally and offers a carbon reduction of approximately 35% compared to virgin plastic. Blue Finn can be ordered as from today and will be delivered from Q4 onwards.

From waste to new chair
Precision, reliability and maximum hygiene is literally a matter of life and death for hospitals. That is why the supply of sterile instruments for operating theatres is a top priority. To keep these instruments sterile, they are covered with a wrapping material, in many cases: Bluewrap. This material is used only once and then thrown away, while hospitals are in fact committed to reducing their waste.

Janwillem de Kam, director of Vepa: “Each year, thousands of kilos of Bluewrap are used and thrown away in Dutch hospitals. What a waste! That is what we think. That is what the hospitals think. That is what our chain partners think. So it is really amazing to now be able to upcycle this waste stream with six chain partners into a chair that can be used again in the hospital – or anywhere else for that matter. This is how we complete yet another circle!””

Bluewrap is very suitable for reuse, but its qualities are too low-grade for furniture. Jan Willem Slijkoord, director of Bywyd:“Based on Bywyd’s material technology, we were able to upcycle Bluewrap into a suitable and high-quality material that is the perfect raw material for, for example, chairs.”


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