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French start-up transforming waste plastic into seating for the Paris Olympics

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Image: Stadium seats made from recycled material; Copyright: Le Pavé

These white arena seats intentionally show the flecks of color to provide a recycled plastic aesthetic. Copyright: Le Pavé

09/02/2024

Image: Marius Hamelot; Copyright: Le Pavé

Marius Hamelot helped start Le Pavé in 2018. Copyright: Le Pavé

Image: Jim Pasquet; Copyright: Le Pavé

Le Pavé co-founder Jim Pasquet. Copyright: Le Pavé

Expanding production in France

Image: Seats in the stadium; Copyright: Le Pavé

One of the two Paris Olympic arena installations that together will consume 100 tonnes of plastic waste to produce 11,000 seats. Copyright: Le Pavé

Image: Processing the panels; Copyright: Le Pavé

The panels can be sawn, drilled, sanded or thermoformed. Copyright: Le Pavé

Collaborating with local firms

Image: Recycled panels; Copyright: Le Pavé

At its two plants in France, Le Pavé uses its patented thermal compression molding process to form panels of different sizes, colors and thicknesses. Copyright: Le Pavé

Image: Lamp made from recycled panels; Copyright: Le Pavé

Le Pavé materials are finding use in a wide variety of applications, from baseboards and countertops to furniture and items such as these lighting fixtures. Copyright: Le Pavé

A diverse portfolio of end products

Image: Coffee bar made of black recycled panels; Copyright: Le Pavé

The Le Pavé panels can be curved and shaped and are ideal for mounting on vertical surfaces, such as in this coffee bar. Copyright: Le Pavé

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