The Trash Closet by Dutch designers Marijke and Sander Lucas is a monumental cabinet that utilizes furniture that would normally end-up in a landfill. By incorporating leftover furniture to produce an outstandingly functional and eye-catching storage unit, the designers strive to inform individuals about our global furniture-waste catastrophe. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 9.8 million tons of furniture ended up in landfills in the USA during 2009. This staggering number is very significant considering the EPA states that furniture is the number one item in households which is recycled the least. The Trash Closet uses furniture that was found lying in the streets of Amsterdam. Most individuals would consider furniture in the streets as trash, but if you look closer to what we ‘deem’ as trash, we can create beautiful pieces of functional art that can serve as an educational tool. Dutch Design Only sponsored the final prototyping, production, and conceptualization of this awesome project.
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