ZweitSinn – Out Today, Hip Tomorrow: an SME Network Gives Used Furniture a Second Life
Federal Land: nationwide
Award Period: 2009/2010
This project, which receives DBU funding for the 2007-2009 period aims at reducing the volume of garbage due to old furniture by establishing a network of waste disposal companies, designers, artists, sheltered workshops, job creation companies and others. Simultaneously, the cooperation between the various partners is supposed to generate useful work and qualifications for long-term unemployed people and underprivileged youths. Recycling things that have been thrown out not only reduces the amount of garbage but also supports efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and therefore contributes to reducing negative influences on our climate. The furniture brand "ZweitSinn" was created as part of the project and it has thus far developed and produced 30 small ranges of products made from used materials. Work and qualifications were created for many people in sheltered workshops and job creation companies. Once project funding runs out, it is planned to transform the SME network into a limited liability company or to integrate it into an existing company.