Joris Vanbriel & Vanessa Yuan Designer & founder ecoBirdy

ecoBirdy transforms plastic toys into beautiful design furniture for kids. The four-piece collection is entirely made of upcycled plastic waste and easily recyclable again. It includes a play table and a chair for children with sturdy legs and rounded edges, a lamp  shaped like a rhinoceros and a kiwi-shaped storage container with removable beak.

Based in Antwerp/Belgium, the designers Vanessa Yuan and Joris Vanbriel have created a whole system from the collection and recycling of discarded plastic toys to the design and production of the sustainable children´s furniture. An accompanying school-programme and storybook has been designed to introduce youngsters to the concept of circular design and inspire them to contribute to a more sustainable future.

It was important for the founders that each step be based on social and environmental responsibility. In 2019 ecoBirdy was officially recognized as a Certified B Corporation – a certification for companies that meet the highest standards of social and environmental impact, using business as a force for good.



2019 German Design Award, Henry van de Velde Award (Belgium)

2018 Good Design Award (Australia), Blickfang Design Award Bern, Play It Green Award (afilii), Innovation Award Nominee (Kind+Jugend)

with Joris Vanbriel und Vanessa Yuan, designer & founder ecoBirdy

Why do you make sustainable children’s furniture?
We think that starting with the little ones can have the biggest impact for our beautiful earth’s future.

What is special about your children’s furniture made out of recycled plastic toys?
Our children’s furniture are beautiful and high-quality design pieces that are entirely made of recycled plastic, thanks to their distinctive speckled look they can be recognized as such. We have created the material ecothylene® for all our products. Chair Charlie and Table Luisa’s feature very well-studied ergonomic shapes, they are comfortable and safe for the most active little ones.

When and where was ecoBirdy founded?
ecoBirdy was founded in Antwerp, Belgium in 2018.

Where do you produce your sustainable children’s furniture collection?
The manufacturing takes place in Italy, involving an important part of manual labor.

What do you do when you ARE NOT working?
We love all kinds of cultural events, such as exhibitions, museums, art galleries and architectural monuments of course too.



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