In Brief

Rotterdam research and design studio turns plastic waste into cool and innovative street furniture

Reducing plastic waste is top of the priority list when it comes to protecting our environment. Amsterdam is taking a proactive approach to dealing with the issue through 3D printing benches made from plastic waste, called the XXX bench.

Recognizing how much plastic waste an Amsterdam resident produces (about 50 pounds per person a year!), The New Raw, a research and design studio based in Rotterdam, sourced plastic waste and used a scale pellet extrusion 3D printer to create the XXX bench.

Although the design and size can be customized, The New Raw decided to design its prototype with a wave-like pattern that signifies equilibrium on both ends of the bench. The XXX bench is just the first product to be launched, but these 3D printed benches will soon be installed all over the city and the New Raw is currently looking at working on recycling bins, bus stops, playground and other street furniture.

The New Raw

Reducing plastic waste is top of the priority list when it comes to protecting our environment. Amsterdam is taking a proactive approach to dealing with the issue through 3D printing benches made from plastic waste, called the XXX bench.

Recognizing how much plastic waste an Amsterdam resident produces (about 50 pounds per person a year!), The New Raw, a research and design studio based in Rotterdam, sourced plastic waste and used a scale pellet extrusion 3D printer to create the XXX bench.

Although the design and size can be customized, The New Raw decided to design its prototype with a wave-like pattern that signifies equilibrium on both ends of the bench. The XXX bench is just the first product to be launched, but these 3D printed benches will soon be installed all over the city and the New Raw is currently looking at working on recycling bins, bus stops, playground and other street furniture.