Snow Job
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Project Details
Name: Snow Job
Designer: Emiliano Godoy
Year: 2009
Materials: Post-industrial candy wrapper waste, post-consumer recycled paper, FSC certified maple
Dimensions: 70 x 50 x 50 cm
Status: IN MANUFACTURING DEVELOPMENT by Ecoist
Huge amounts of misprinted and obsolete candy wrappings are thrown away every day. Emiliano Godoy teamed up with Ecoist, a company specialized in transforming this material into women’s bags to work on new applications and objects.

 

This chair uses a plastic material that although technically recyclable, is never recycled, not even in its virgin, post-industrial state. Despite this, all wrappings feature a “recyclable” logo. The Snowjob takes its name from the American expression used to describe a cover-up story.

 

The “Snowjob” chair is formed by two main components. The first is a wooden structure that forms the legs and general support of the piece, manufactured in FSC certified wood and a vegetable based, biodegradable finish. The structure also partly disassembles by means of stainless steel hardware, reducing the shipping size of the chair in half, and consequently transportation and storage environmental impacts.

 

The second component is a cover that slips on top of the wooden structure and forms the seat, back and armrests that the user is in contact with. This cover is made using small pieces of post-industrial waste from the candy wrapping industry. Labels that are misprinted, or which feature incorrect or obsolete information, are recovered and cut into small sections, which are then folded into rectangular pieces and joined to form large surfaces. An internal reinforcement made from post-consumer recycled paper is used to give rigidity and resistance to the labels.

 

This chair uses a plastic material that although technically recyclable, is never recycled, not even in its virgin, post-industrial state. One label on the back is folded in such a way that the recycling logo that appears on each candy wrapping is visible, speaking about the fact that the cover is made from recycled materials, but also about the misdirecting impression that this logo makes on the final consumer, who might think that candy wrappers are actually recycled when in fact none of them is. Although the wooden structure can be composted and the stainless steel recycled, the cover cannot be recycled or repurposed at the end of its life any more than the original labels.

 

The chair is manufactured with simple woodworking hand tools for the structure, and using only a box cutter for the cover, thus eliminating any impacts from complex or expensive tooling.

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