Ampelmann and Plastic Whale have shaken hands over a brand new boardroom table made partly of recycled PET bottles. The purchase, now part of the interior of Ampelmann’s headquarters in Delft, supports the mission of Plastic Whale towards a more sustainable and plastic-free future.
Plastic Whale is a social enterprise and the first professional plastic fishing company in the world. This year alone, the company has welcomed close to 15,000 people on their boats, fishing plastic waste from the canals of Amsterdam.
“It is great to see that companies like Ampelmann place their faith in Plastic Whale and add something positive to our mission,” said founder Marius Smit. “We see this moment as a start towards a new way of thinking and a commitment to a more sustainable future.”
The design of the boardroom table and the accompanying eight chairs were both inspired by the shape of a surfacing whale – the body and tail, respectively.
More than 1,000 PET bottles have been used to create the table’s layers of recycled PET felt and foam, and close to 70 PET bottles go into making the back of each chair. The legs of the table are made of responsibly-sourced, FSC birch wood and the iron frame of the chairs is made of recycled steel waste.
“The boardroom set is a really cool product,” said Marcel Luijten, CFO of Ampelmann, “and it has a great symbolic meaning, too. It brings us together around the discussion of what we can do next on the topic of sustainability.”
Plastic Whale works towards easing the plastic soup problem, which is why part of their sales proceeds are invested in initiatives from around the world that tackle plastic pollution.