Materials

Old is the new New.

We’ve made more than enough plastic already (8.3 Billion metric tons) and global production is increasing (368 million metric tons was produced in 2019 alone). It’s a lot. Too much. Half of it was only used once, for less than a year.

We only use recycled plastic. The more recycled material we use, the more we support circular material economies and that is imperative to our survival on this finite planet.

Recycled PLA

Our rPLA, supplied by Reflow, is recycled from post-industrial food packaging waste sourced from the Benelux region.

PLA is a bioderived material made from fermented plant starch such as corn, cassava, and sugarcane. Although its source is technically renewable, the industrial agriculture it comes from has a heavy carbon footprint. This is why we use recycled PLA. It’s also somewhat misleadingly characterized as biodegradable. Although it can be broken down at the end of life, it does not naturally decompose at speed without industrial composting assistance. PLA is greener than traditional plastics, but its fate as waste, and the damage it can cause, is the same as any other plastic. PLA is a valuable material that should be kept in a circular loop for as long as possible.

Recycled PETG

Our rPETG, supplied by Reflow, is recycled from post-industrial medical tray waste from Flevoland, Netherlands.

We know PET all too well. It's what most plastic bottles and synthetic garments are made from. As a popular plastic for single-use goods, its ubiquity as garbage across the planet is now widely seen as a catastrophe. It’s derived from petroleum and with FDA approval for over 30 years, it’s widely considered non-toxic. It’s one of the most durable and easily recycled polymers. We look forward to keeping this wonder material in a circular loop and studying its lifecycle over multiple production cycles.

Going Local

Plastic waste is everywhere. We’re aiming for the most sustainable model we can build and that means we source our materials as locally as possible.

Right now, we're a start-up with a long road ahead of us. We’re lucky to have a supplier like Reflow in the Netherlands. They are the best in the business at transforming waste streams into materials that 3D print beautifully. They are also deeply committed to sustainability. Cyrc are Reflow are partnering to develop local waste streams in the Montréal area. Stay tuned as we continue this journey.

Secondary Materials

We always design with ease of recycling in-mind. Using a single material in furniture is ideal, but it can’t always be the case. From table tops to textiles, we’ll use materials from the most sustainable sources we can find.

We are as tired of vague sustainability claims as you are. We promise to be transparent about all the materials and components used in every product. Explicitly revealing where they are from and how we will handle them later.

Do you have a source of circular material?

Let's collaborate. We are constantly looking to collaborate with local source suppliers to develop new circular products.