Given that furniture contributes nearly 10 million tons of waste to landfills in the United States each year, it's crucial that the furniture industry makes moves towards a more sustainable future. Made-to-order furnishings company Model No. is doing just that.
The company has just launched a new sustainable collection of home furnishings made from upcycled materials like food waste and reclaimed wood, using the power of 3D printing. The company customizes and creates each item on demand.
"3D printing as a manufacturing process already provides eco-friendly benefits by allowing for fast, on-demand production of items without having to hold excess inventory," Model No. CEO Phillip Raub tells Hunker. "Add to it the utilization of renewable and sustainable materials within the printing process and you create a circular economy that further reduces negative ecological impact by upcycling byproducts from other industries, such as unused agricultural crops, which delivers printed items that are both durable and biodegradable."
Check out some of our favorite pieces from the collection below, and shop the full line here.
Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.