The Looming Landfill Legacy: Challenges of End-of-Life Fit-Outs in NZ

The Looming Landfill Legacy: Challenges of End-of-Life Fit-Outs in NZ

Eventfinda Stadium's recent canteen fit out by Kanat Studio feature a funky glowing front counter made with a custom Critical. Cleanstone blend.

With Eventfinda's main colours being orange and purple, Kanat Studio wanted a custom Cleanstone that reflected brand colours. So we worked collaboratively to develop an 'Eventfinda' Cleanstone through a series of samples that incorporated recycled orange commercial fishing nets and waste plastic purple bottle caps encased in a base of 100% recycled soft plastics - nothing else. The resultant Cleanstone was akin to a resin panel with speckles of colour.

Generally fit outs in Aotearoa have a lifespan of 5-7 years and 80% of materials end up in our whenua. But with smarter design and responsible choices, we can extend this considerably and even close the loop entirely. By embracing recycled materials, modular designs, and collaborations across the industry, we can practice kaitiakitanga and transform the legacy of fit-outs from waste generators to resource providers.

That said, sustainability is just half of the equation. I understand that designers care deeply about excellence and creativity, often pushing boundaries and exploring innovative forms in the pursuit of finding unique solutions to client needs.

Which is why I'd like to celebrate the amazing work ethic of Kate Pilot, the designer for this project - her genuine care, creative vision and design excellence in the execution of this project was not just inspirational but helped me to uplift my own craft. Ngā mihi nui e hoa for choosing Cleanstone, I'm grateful Critical. got to play a small part in your design excellence!!

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