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Art & Leisure

Some jeans can be composted after use.

Yet, in the Netherlands, a design and furniture company is investing in the circular economy, having developed a unique process which gives used furnishings a new lease of life.

Tiny fibres, i.e. offcuts when jeans are recycled, are mixed with a water-based adhesive. The solution is sprayed onto the surface of newly restored furniture, giving it a fresh coat.

Post-consumer leather or cork work just as well as jeans; so too metallic dust from aluminium and copper.

In the industrial sector, spray-on polyurea coatings can help create anti-bacterial, waterproof surfaces post restoration.

Elsewhere, wine corks are being made into shoe soles, while used paint can be re-engineered to look brand new.

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