This Furniture Is Made With Starbucks Store Waste
Pentatonic uses Starbucks plastic cups to remake the iconic 'bean chair'
One of the more interesting corporate collaborations at this year’s London Design Festival has come from Starbucks UK, which worked with Britain-based furniture startup Pentatonic on a sustainable redesign on its iconic ‘Bean Chair’, currently found in Starbucks stores nationwide.
Pentatonic recreated the chair using only upcycled textiles, made from the coffee chain’s leftover plastic. The upholstery, cushioning, frame and legs of these chairs were once plastic bottles and plastic cups. To launch the partnership, Pentatonic and Starbucks have also collaborated on a Starbucks bar within Pentatonic’s Shoreditch pop-up, constructed entirely from its own waste materials, with all proceeds donated to Clean up Britain.
The bar features the specially produced Bean Chair, as well as a countertop and tables made from Starbucks recycled paper cups and a backdrop made up of 1,200 tiles made in London from plastic cups and coffee cup lids. When the Pentatonic pop-up space closes on October 12, all the materials used including the chairs will find new homes in Starbucks stores in Central London. This will mark the beginning of upcycled materials being used in future store designs.
“Partnering with Starbucks to build furniture and materials out of their own waste is a major demonstration of how scale can be a force for good,” said Jamie Hall, Pentatonic co-founder and CMO. “By taking the iconic Bean Chair design and re-engineering it using trash, it further illustrates the unlimited application possibilities of post-consumer waste.”
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