In Brief

This college student created a product designed to reduce waste by recycling old chairs

Birmingham City University student Thomas Howell-Jones has created a product that can repurpose old office chairs by converting them into useful bags. Called Rest, his design aims to reduce the number of office chairs—currently 810,000 annually in the U.K.—that are simply thrown away rather than being recycled.

His design transforms the backrests of chairs into protective shells for backpacks. Instead of ending up in landfills, the bulky parts of office chairs can now become useful once again, perhaps for cyclists looking for a waterproof and impact-proof pack. Rest was honored for its innovation and use of recycling at the RSA Student Design Awards.

Rest

Birmingham City University student Thomas Howell-Jones has created a product that can repurpose old office chairs by converting them into useful bags. Called Rest, his design aims to reduce the number of office chairs—currently 810,000 annually in the U.K.—that are simply thrown away rather than being recycled.

His design transforms the backrests of chairs into protective shells for backpacks. Instead of ending up in landfills, the bulky parts of office chairs can now become useful once again, perhaps for cyclists looking for a waterproof and impact-proof pack. Rest was honored for its innovation and use of recycling at the RSA Student Design Awards.