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Complete Upholstery Service for Gyms

Using off-cuts from leather and other durable materials, gym equipment can be refurbished to become useful and desirable again and again.

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This idea takes some of the most valuable and high-surface-area materials and reconditions & joins them to give a new lease of life; and another; and another.

In public gyms, exercise equipment degrades.

This degradation is largely from the surface contact on handles, seats and foot-plates.

Nike waste material can be combined and re-applied in order to refurbish this equipment.

The skill required would be in joining irregular shapes to fulfil object requirements, but treatment shouldn't be overly complicated.

This would be delivered as a service. Once the items have reached the end of their life, they can be replaced. The newly reclaimed (old) material can then be used for less quality-driven uses; such as punch bags or throwing balls.

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Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Mixed Apparel Textile
  • Mixed Footwear Textile
  • Full Grain Leather Scraps
  • Split Leather Scraps Coated
  • Synthetic Leather

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

The Apparel offcuts, footwear offcuts and leather will be used as the main components.

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)

VERY early stage prototype

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

Your average gym-goer! Gyms that have a high footfall.

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

Start small with locally run gyms. Carrying out tailored re-upholstering. Work with manufacturers of gym equipment to get the designs perfect and their seal of approval. Sign gyms up to service plans.

How is your idea innovative?

Uses old material to create a product used by hundreds of different people EACH DAY.

What inspired this idea?

Nike = getting it done.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

Mixture of product designers, digital designers & engineers.

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?


Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

By becoming a top idea we will gain visibility form gyms wanting to use this service.

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Huzzah. So glad you submitted your kick-arse idea from the OpenIDEO London Chapter launch event! We're hosting the Refinement Session on 31 May at Launch22.

Would you and your team like to join and we'll get everyone to help develop your idea further?

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