CLAIRE RENDALL FOR VAN DE SANT
Claire's collaboration with sustainable furniture design specialists Van de Sant started in 2016 when the company's founder Robert Milder asked me to design a range of furniture using plastic recovered from the oceans, initially aimed at the eco-friendly luxury yacht market. Today, the collection includes high-quality sofas, garden chairs and tables, all created from salvaged ocean plastic. Each piece is numbered and fully recyclable at the end of its current life, in keeping with our passion for a fully circular, sustainable economy.
Producing elegant furniture from ocean plastic is only a small response to an increasingly vast problem. But my work doesn't just take plastic out of the ocean; it raises awareness while producing something beautiful out of such an ugly crisis.
A MAN MADE DISASTER
An estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic, from plastic bottles, bags and packaging to microbeads, end up in our oceans each year. The problem is so acute that plastic has even entered our food chain; I'm passionate about taking action on this gravely serious issue and one way I can contribute my support is to turn plastic waste a valuable commodity.
A desire to stop deforestation and the frustration with plastic pollution prompted Milder to start experimenting with furniture frames made from recycled plastic. After looking at strengths, sizes and colors, his designer team came up with a collection of in- and outdoor designer furniture, which was greatly appreciated by the corporate industry, hospitality and events sectors, as well as by individuals.