First Japan – The Netherlands collaboration on Circular Furniture is a fact
On the occasion of the G20 meetings in Japan and in anticipation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the 2025 World Expo in Osaka: the first prototypes of circular furniture were presented to representatives of Japan’s and The Netherlands government.
[TOKYO, JPN] – Saga City, Morodomi Furniture Promotion Association and ECOR recently formed a strategic partnership around their shared vision to co-create circular furniture based on unused fiber-rich residue streams. A set of prototyped furniture, the first result of the cooperation, was presented during the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the parties, held at the Netherlands Ambassador’s residences in Tokyo on June 14th 2019.
Where Morodomi Furniture Promotion Association creates beautiful premium furniture and Saga City has the goal of creating a bio-based economy based on circulating resources, ECOR offers technology to turn fiber waste into panels. In close collaboration, the partners develop the first prototypes of circular furniture, including:
- Japanese patented cypress veneer by Nakamura
- Chair design by Hirata
- Table design by Legnatec
- Panels based on residue stream by ECOR Technology.
During the signing ceremony, as witnessed by The Netherlands Minister for Environment Mrs. Stientje van Veldhoven, the partners signed to
- The creation of a Panel corresponding to the Circular Economy, using unused resources from Saga.
- Development of Furniture and Interior material for Temporary Facilities for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 using the Panel and corresponding to the Circular Economy
- The establishment of a pilot plant to produce Panel corresponding to the Circular Economy in Saga.
Earlier that week, on June 10th, the Mayor of Saga City, Mr. Hideshima, had presented the furniture to The Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Collaboration Mrs. Kaag and the adjoining networking reception was honored by a surprise visit by Minister Katayama of the Japanese Minister of State for Regional Revitalization, Regulatory Reform and Gender Equality.
Strengthened by this governmental support and encouragement, the partners will further strive to showcase the Circular Economy in Japan. The
next step is to find commercial collaboration with Japanese partners.
In support of this endeavor, ECOR received DHI subsidies by RVO, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency https://english.rvo.nl/subsidies-programmes/dhi DHI is a subsidy scheme for demonstration projects, feasibility studies or investment preparation projects. We are very grateful for the support and will focus on proving ECOR’s business case in Japan!
The newspaper in Saga also reported on the event: https://www.saga-s.co.jp/articles/-/387596
Morodomi Furniture Promotion Association
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ECOR enables others to achieve their circular economy ambitions. Noble Environmental Technologies has developed the ECOR technology. It is a waste-to-product manufacturing process and results in high-performance, sustainable and healthy materials, which uniquely enable the circular economy principles of starting with waste resources and enablement of recycling at the end of a product’s life cycle. ECOR is made of 100% recycled cellulose fibers locally sourced from urban, farm and process waste materials, is completely free of toxins and VOCs and C2C certified. ECOR is solely made with water, pressure and heat whilst offering an advanced design, great performances and versatile design opportunities.
More information at www.ecorbenelux.com
Sann Carrière, Circular Economy Business Development