Reuse The Unused
Tim Teven's Recycling Reject Project

We are all aware of the importance of recycling, but not many of us are aware of the nitty-gritty of the recycling process itself. Cellulose paper fibres can only be recycled five to seven times, yet a single recycling plant can gather up to 4000 tons of these unrecyclable fibres each year. When Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Tim Teven discovered the truth behind this, he wanted to give a purpose for the seemingly unrecyclable fibres generated by the paper recycling industry.

The Recycle Reject project shows the possibility of using screened out fibres as furniture material. By shredding and drying the fibres, adding binder and pigment then moulding them under pressure, a new form of material is created. With a hard and strong texture and a smooth surface, the material can be shaped into blocks of different sizes during moulding and used to build shelves, benches, tables and more, bringing the rejected fibres to life as a sustainable object.