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KLM World Business Class cabin interior – Carpet

  • Year: 2013
  • Material: Sheep's wool, recycled yarn from old uniforms
  • Dimensions: Various
  • Commission: KLM
  • Production: Desso
  • Category: Industrial production

A sustainable concept was developed for the carpet in close collaboration with Desso, a Dutch cradle-to-cradle carpet producer. Since 2010, KLM stewards and stewardesses have worn new uniforms designed by Mart Visser. The old uniforms were used to spin new yarn, incorporated into the blue details of the carpet. The old carpets still in the aircraft will be returned to the manufacturer for reuse. Furthermore, the new carpets are made with sheep’s wool that was treated as waste until recently, because the sheep in question were bred primarily for the meat industry.

Even when a carpet has to be repaired, sustainability is guaranteed. The pattern – a scene of the Milky Way with blue uniform dots in the role of stars – will always match up, and the dirt mask will camouflage any stains.

This is the first cradle-to-cradle carpet in the aviation industry and a perfect match for the vision of KLM, which has now been recognized as the most sustainable airline for eight consecutive years.

Cradle to Cradle Carpet for KLM from JongeriusLab on Vimeo.


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