This is how discarded textiles can be used in furniture production.

FORM2 has been manufacturing furniture for offices and public environments in Varberg since 2004. The company places high demands on quality and reusable materials. When needs change, most people's first thought is to buy new furniture to meet the new needs, they want to change this idea and want more people to start looking at what they already have, for example by renovating existing furniture. Form2 has been an active part of TexChain3, a project led by Wargön Innovation together with The Loop Factory.

As a furniture company, wood is the main material they work with, but textile elements are already present in several of their products. However, being part of TexChain3, which is about creating circular value chains for textiles, was an obvious choice for Benny Arvidsson, CEO of FORM2.
- "Our circularity journey had already begun when we were contacted about being part of TexChain3 and for us it was obvious to join. Not long before, we had invested in a factory in Kungsäter and the goal was to only work with reuse of furniture, and if we can also make use of textile residues from someone else's production in that process, it's a big win," says Benny.

A new product line
For FORM2, the goal of the participation was to be able to develop a completely new product line and it succeeded, although some additional quality tests still need to be done.
- "Our goal all the time with everything we do is to move forward, learn more and create something new. Therefore, it was important for us that the project could lead to something concrete, something we can work on," says Benny.

The product series that came to be called Orbit is a series of tables and pallets adapted to work for many different types of purposes. The series was developed by FORM2 in collaboration with Kristofer Jonsson. The tables and stools are available in a variety of sizes and heights to suit both dining areas and meeting tables for both standing and sitting meetings. The goal is for each piece of Orbit furniture to consist of at least 80% recycled material, where the material can come from FORM2 or from the customer himself who either has a waste from his production or something else that can be recycled.

It was the tabletop that was the main focus during TexChain3, where FORM2 chose to test the compression molding of discarded jeans. As with many things when it comes to circularity, they went into uncharted territory with these experiments and the earliest samples were too soft with the risk of failing with too high a load.
- "More tests are needed to be able to work further, but the results we got during TexChain3 are positive and hopeful," says Helena Tuvendal, project manager from The Loop Factory.

"We love it when others say that it's not possible"
The demand for reuse, sustainability and the possibility of repair is increasing, as Benny and his colleagues are noticing more and more customers they meet.
- "We have always said that we will not have our own production, but we will cooperate with the best who can produce the products we want. But when it came to recycling and renovation, we had to start our own, there was no one to work with," says Benny.

In a factory in Kungsäter, FORM2 has therefore been filling a factory with the machines needed to renovate old furniture and wooden interiors to further increase their lifespan.
- "Our goal is to first save 100 tons of material and when we have done that we will save another 100 tons. If we have a chair that weighs 5 kilos that is renovated and when we are done, we have 98% of the chair left, then it is a big environmental saving that has been made," says Benny.

Taking care of what already exists is an obvious way forward for FORM2, which embeds reuse and the ability to change everything as the function needs to be changed in all its products.
- "We have embarked on a path where we are still quite alone and do what no one else wants to do. We love it when others say it can't be done, so we take it upon ourselves to show that it is possible," says Benny Arvidsson, CEO of FORM2.

The Orbit furniture series. Photo: Form2
The table top made with jeans material as filling
The table top made with jeans material as filling. Photo: Elin Segerlind