Here’s a lovely piece of green furniture unveiled just in time for the high season of discarded — and apparently never recycled — leftovers from sugary, heart-shaped, red- and pink-colored confections:
’s Snowjob Chair
is a basic, easy-to-assemble FSC wood chair with a biodegradable, vegetable-based finish and minimal impacts from storage and transportation. And
then there's the shimmering silver cover made from recycled candy wrappers that slips over the back of the chair. No, the candy wrappers aren’t post-consumer waste but post-industrial waste, collected from the candy wrapping industry by the recycled candy wrapper gurus at Ecoist
. Basically, these are reject wrappers (misprinted and obsolete ones) that never left Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
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.
For more insight into the afterlife/recyclability of candy wrappers, Godoy himself elaborates further
in the comments section of a post on the Snowjob Chair at Core77
What an awesome concept and a beautiful piece of furniture (although I’m not exactly sure what the story is behind the somewhat suggestive name).
And, by the way, all of you sweet-toothed lovers of sustainable design, custom-made Snowjob Chairs are for sale
over at the Ecoist webstore for $1,600. Not on the market for a chair with a recycled candy wrapper cover? Ecoist produces other recycled candy wrapper goodies for the home including placemats
and candy bowls
. There’s even an entire line of purses
made from recycled M&M bags. And this is cool: since the company's inception, Ecoist has prevented
more than 40 million wrappers (not just candy) from entering landfills. Now that's sweet ...