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The Blue Finn chair is a highly stackable, multifunctional chair with a plastic seat and back made from at least 85% recycled bluewrap (wrappers for keeping medical instruments sterile).
Precision, reliability and maximum hygiene is literally a matter of life and death for hospitals. That is why the supply of sterile instruments for operating theatres is a top priority. To keep these instruments sterile, they are covered with a wrapping material, in many cases: bluewrap. Although this waste material cannot be prevented, it is a top priority for every hospital to reduce waste.
This video explains how we use bluewrap from hospitals for new chairs.
Bluewrap is entirely made of polypropylene, so-called meltblown and spunbond homopolypropylene. Bluewrap does not look like plastic but rather like a fibrous material. Nevertheless, polypropylene is easy to recycle. But it does require a different recycling process than, for example, the recycling of PET bottles. Bluewrap is used once, discarded and then collected in cooperation with a waste collection company.
Every year, thousands of kilos of bluewrap are thrown away. What a waste! That is exactly what hospitals think and it is also what we think! Together with Bywyd and our other chain partners, we have been working on a solution for the recycling of this waste material.
Hospitals LUMC and Meander – together with the Green OR and waste processor PreZero – have been involved in the process from the start. Injection-moulding company Timmerije is making the new parts for the chair.
For the complete specifications of chair Blue Finn: see product sheet under “Documents”
Blue Finn is locally designed, developed and produced.
Local Production: Vepa distinguishes itself by producing everything in its own, local facilities. Our own wood, sheet steel, tubular steel, powder coating, wood spray, upholstery and final assembly departments form a complete production circle within a single company. By producing close to the sales market we keep distances small and CO2 emissions minimal.
LCA: By using independent LCAs (life cycle analysis) we reveal the environmental impact of a product. In product development we can greatly improve later designs by carrying out an LCA in the initial phase. In addition, an LCA also provides insight into the main factors responsible for the environmental damage. We then use these factors as starting points for redesign or as focal points for improvement. The LCAs are carried out in accordance with ISO 14044.
FSC® and PEFC: Vepa only uses certified wood. The FSC® and PEFC labels stand for responsible and sustainable forest management. Responsible forest management meets three criteria: it takes account of the environment, respects social aspects (such as the rights of local communities and forest workers) and is economically viable. Moreover, wood is the number one bio-based resource by nature.
TPAC (Timber Procurement Assessment Committee): Timber to be supplied or timber processed in products to be supplied must comply with the Dutch Procurement Criteria for Timber according to the Socially Responsible Procurement criteria. FSC® and PEFC are both systems that have been approved by the Dutch state secretary.
SRP criteria: Vepa complies with the SRP criteria drawn up by the central government. The national criteria for socially responsible procurement (SRP) for office furniture are available via the SRP criteria tool (https://www.mvicriteria.nl/en/webtool).