New generation school chair made from Fortum Circo® recycled plastic nominated in Plastics Recycling Awards 2020

28 January 2020, 14:15 EET

Boy sitting on a school chair made out of Fortum Circo recycled plastics

Innovative cellulose fibre-reinforced Fortum Circo PP FC® compound updates an iconic school chair for the 2020s.

Created through a collaboration between Isku and Fortum, a new school chair has been selected as a finalist in the international Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2020 competition.

The product is the Isku classic school chair called Prima, which has been used in schools since the 1990s. The plastic components in the new version are made from Finnish recycled plastic. Fortum supplies Isku with the recycled plastic, the primary raw material of which is plastic consumer packaging collected from Finnish households. The recycled plastic is reinforced with Finnish, renewable cellulose fibre, which gives the material added strength, shortens the product’s manufacturing time, and further reduces the carbon footprint of the material.

Cellulose fibre-reinforced Fortum Circo PP FC® recycled plastic is a new type of material specifically developed to meet the requirements of a highly durable product. The compound is developed in collaboration with Elastopoli and is based on a patented process technology. “The material has qualities on par with virgin plastic, but its environmental impacts are significantly smaller than when using virgin plastic,” says Fortum’s Mikko Koivuniemi, Product Line Manager, Plastic Recycling.

“The chair gives students a concrete example of the circular economy and of the fact that recycling plastic is really worthwhile. When sorted and recycled, the daily plastic packaging waste generated at home, like bread bags, yogurt containers and shampoo bottles, can get a new life, for instance as a chair that is used every day,” says Isku’s Development Manager Kari Soljamo.

The international Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2020 competition will be held on 26th March 2020 in Amsterdam. Read more about the finalists in the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2020 competition

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