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sekhina handcrafts concrete switches + sockets as sustainable alternative to plastic

hungarian company sekhina is handcrafting switches and sockets made entirely from concrete as a more sustainable alternative to plastic ones. the products come in different colors and textures, from mini terrazzo surfaces to pure concrete ones with bubbles and blots, making up distinct, unique items with individual characteristics. referring to them as ‘stone to stone’ products, sekhina seeks to offer a better alternative to plastic switches and sockets, with only the industry-standard electrical mechanisms containing plastic components.

sekhina handcrafts concrete switches + sockets as sustainable alternative to plasticall images by fülöp schmal, courtesy of sekhina

video by dániel végel

 

 

‘concrete switches and sockets had to exist already, so we thought initially,’ says gábor kasza, founder of sekhina. ‘it seemed such an obvious idea, but we did not find them. we thought it would be fantastic and so we created them. you can find the very first completely concrete cover of switches and sockets made from only silicates.’ the products are hand-manufactured, making it easier to create custom designs in small batches that vary in color and texture.sekhina handcrafts concrete switches + sockets as sustainable alternative to plastic

 

 

the switches and sockets are strong, durable, and easy to clean, as they are infused with an eco-friendly water-repellent agent that is invisible on the surface. as such, stains and grease of any kind are easy to clean from the switch or socket. sekhina is producing the concrete covers, which are then fitted over industry-standard electrical mechanisms made by trusted name-brand manufacturers. these mechanism is the only part of the product that contains plastic components. 

 

‘we know that the plastic materials of switches and sockets make up a very low percentage of global plastic pollution,’ notes kasza. ‘we think, all of the tiny steps are remarkable. we are very proud that we can offer a better alternative and work on a more sustainable future. we do not use artificial resin nor pollutant additives.’

sekhina handcrafts concrete switches + sockets as sustainable alternative to plastic

 

 

sekhina is currently looking for partners in the design and electrical product industry to make the transition to mass market production. as such, the company has began crowdfunding campaign, which you can find here.

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sekhina handcrafts concrete switches + sockets as sustainable alternative to plastic

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project info:

 

designer: sekhina / gábor kasza

contributors: sebestyén babay (designer / 3D-modelling), zsófia tóth (architect)

  • Concrete as a sustainable alternative… please!
    Just make them from concrete because you want to (if you have to, which you don’t), but don’t claim you’re doing it from an environmental perspective

    Alex
    Jun 25, 2020
  • “…more sustainable alternative to plastic…” hmm… in what way would concrete be more sustainable than plastic in the context of a light switch? I really like the design and I do like the idea but I doubt it’s practicability. Speaking about sustainability, concrete is responsible for over 5% of the world’s CO2 emissions. Unlike plastic, it can hardly be recycled.

    Brandherd
    Jun 25, 2020
  • I like the aesthetics and all but I’m curious since when is concrete a sustainable alternative to plastic?
    I have the feeling that the anti plastic revolution sees everything that is not plastic as a better alternative although this is not the case.

    Stijn
    Jun 25, 2020

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