Contrast City Turns Rubber Waste into Beautiful Home Furnishings

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The notion of reduce, reuse, recycle has been ingrained on an entire generation of kids here in America. But, despite knowing that we all need to change our habits, waste products continue to amass in dumps all over the world. In Morocco, a group of environmentalists, aided by a French fair trade group, have taken to reusing rubber waste to turn into home furnishings and other products. “If not smelling the items and recognizing the specific smell of rubber,” claims Icce, the name of the French group, “nobody guesses what it is and even then, no-one imagines where it comes from!” The project, known as “Contrast City,” demonstrates what a group of dedicated craftspeople can do to turn waste into something useful. Check out some process shots and the finished products after the jump. Do you think something like this could work in America?

Pizzorno sweeper collecting the rubber waste with the blessing of the municipality

Photo Credit: Sandrine DOLE [via Design Boom]

First sketching with combination of materials and product ideas

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Experiments with traditional weaver

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First range of the products: interior textiles

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Details of the textiles

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The peculiar contrast of textures

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Production of the second batch of products starts with traditional basic woodworking

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Finished with an adaptation of traditional weaving

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Second batch of products features home furnishings

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Up close details of the weaving

Photo Credit: Sandrine DOLE