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Heras: turning residual materials into design products

Collaboration between Newaste design studio and Heras B.V.

Heras has entered into collaboration with Amsterdam-based Newaste for processing steel and aluminium residual Heras materials and turning them into robust furniture and distinctive products for home, office and public environments.

The collaboration between Heras and Newaste is part of the Heras Climate Aware programme that started in 2010. One of the objectives of this programme is to significantly reduce energy consumption and waste flows and to decrease Heras’ production-related CO2 emission by 2% every year until 2020.

Heras processes some 5,200 metric tons of steel and aluminium on an annual basis. The company was already separating its waste for recycling by partners, however this method is relatively costly and leads to a degradation of the possibilities of the material. The collaboration with Newaste will prevent this.

Upcycling residual materials into valuable products

Dennis Gouka, Managing Director of Heras B.V.: “Old style recycling consists of collecting, transporting and processing residual materials and requires a lot of energy. This is a waste, since many of our residual materials have not reached the end of their lifecycle yet. Newaste adds value to what are traditionally considered to be residual products.

They extend the service life and increase value by upcycling residual material into valuable products. For Heras this is an original contribution to achieving cleaner production and decreasing our waste flows. Every kilo of steel that we have to dispose of as waste is one too many.”

Materials are killed off before they have truly lived

Bastiaan Tolhuijs studied Industrial Design at Delft Technical University. Heras asked him to study the possibilities of reusing residual materials for accessories and furniture. Tolhuijs, who started at Newaste in 2012, said: “In these times, we can no longer be as careless about waste as we used to be. Newaste stands for innovative environmental solutions and new products. Recycling is often too early: lots of materials are killed off before they have truly lived. Newaste adopts the perspective of ‘precycling’ or ‘upcycling’. I want to fuse old and new.”

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Newaste en Heras