Refurbishing Train Seats and Repurposing the Waste Material

Refurbishing Train Seats and Repurposing the Waste Material
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Refurbishing Train Seats and Repurposing the Waste Material – A Circular Economy Opportunity with a Double Win

  • This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine Issue 3 2022.

Artex is a Swedish textile company in the industrial sewing and upholstery industry. Focusing on the interior of trains, the company is committed to finding solutions contributing to a circular economy.

Refurbishment of train seats is a sustainable choice compared to discarding old seats and buying new ones – yet Artex has taken its offering further. The company is repurposing the waste material from the old seats, such as foam and fabrics, for other products, e.g. sound absorbers and room dividers. Recirculating the material reduces the need for virgin materials and, therefore, the amount of CO2 emissions created in producing new materials.

Environmental and Financial Benefits

Artex offers mid-term refurbishment of train seats, typically taking place after 15 years of service. A new seat generates about 205kg of CO2e compared to a refurbished seat that generates about 31kg of CO2e. The savings multiply by the number of seats on each train, which is usually around 10,000 but sometimes up to 100,000. In addition to climate benefits, refurbishment is around half the price compared to buying new seats.

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