REACT partner Parà presented a follow-up to the chair prototype showcased during the event’s 2021 edition: A beach umbrella, cushions and seating unit created using recycled acrylic textiles obtained through REACT’s innovative process – a real breakthrough for the advancement of European circular economy.

 

Making the prototypes

In an interview shot at the world-renowned Italian furnishing textile exhibition in Villa Erba (Como, Italy), Barbara Ferrari (Parà’s Research and Development) explains features and qualities of the prototypes, taking us through the process’ phases: from Parà’s collection and categorisation of production waste to prototype.

In-between, several other key steps, each involving one of the international partners in the consortium: the identification of different finishing and removal of hazardous chemicals from the gathered samples, as conducted by CENTROCOT and Ghent University, in collaboration with University of Bergamo; CETI‘s development of the dedicated fraying technique and the open-end spinning process; Ják Spinning‘s development of the subsequent ring spinning method; and, finally, Soft Chemicals‘s set-up of the pilot plant for the non-mechanical treatment of the finishing.

 

Want to see more?

An additional prototype is soon to be featured at the upcoming Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan (June 7-12), during which Parà will reveal a recycled textile fine-tuned for awnings, completing the range of applications of recycled acrylic textiles in the outdoor furniture sector: make sure to visit their booth (STAND G09 HALL 13)! – More information on the event here

 

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