Revamping products using ocean-bound plastic

As a certified dealer within the Herman Miller network, we’re happy to represent an initiative that works to develop the first global network of ocean-bound plastic supply chains through NextWave Plastics. By integrating this transformed plastic into Herman Miller’s products and processes, they are reducing the volume of plastic waste, little by little.


What is ocean plastic and how does it work? View this video to see how Herman Miller is working to incorporate this plastic waste into their products and processes.


The process

Plastic waste tends to build up in coastal cities that don’t have the infrastructure to process it. Suppliers work with local pickers to scavenge the profitable plastics; and these raw materials are ground, washed, and pelletized. Then, they’re sold to manufacturers like Herman Miller, where they test and re-engineer the plastic. Through NextWave Plastics; an estimated 234 metric tons of ocean-bound plastic is diverted from the ocean annually. That’s the equivalent of 23 million water bottles!


Making the best, better for Earth
Aeron – Exact same chair, just a little more sustainable. Ergonomic to the core, Aeron was designed for a wide range of body types, with the extensive research from designers Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick nearly 30 years ago. Its launch was pioneering in the office furniture industry—and it still is, thanks to updated research and material innovation, including the addition of ocean-bound plastic to the body of the chair. We’ve always known Aeron is good for our bodies—now it’s just as good for our environment too.


Aeron with ocean-bound plastic is available now in Onyx. Coming soon, Aeron with ocean-bound plastic in Mineral, Carbon, and Graphite.


Aeron only at AOI

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