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A comfortable desk chair is a key part of any office. And there may be no chair more ubiquitous in an office space than Herman Miller's top-selling Aeron Chair, which has graced countless offices (and now home offices!) since its ergonomic design by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick was first introduced in 1994. Today the company is launching an upgrade that makes for a cleaner tomorrow: With a new Aeron made from recycled ocean waste, Herman Miller is estimated to divert over 150 tons of plastic (or approximately 15 million plastic water bottles) from the ocean annually.
The updates are made possible through a partnership with NextWave Plastics, which has assisted the brand in overhauling the makeup of the iconic chair by incorporating mismanaged plastic (ocean-bound waste) located near waterways into the design. Common examples of ocean-bound plastic include plastic bottles, jugs, caps, and fishing gear.
“Every year, an estimated eight million tons of plastic enter the ocean. This is roughly equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute,” says Gabe Wing, Herman Miller’s Director of Sustainability. “We joined NextWave to play an active role in taking on the ocean plastic problem and cast a wide net for opportunities to incorporate ocean-bound plastic across our global operations.
The sustainable upgrade comes with a sleek ultra-black colorway, "Onyx Ultra Matte," a stunning matte black. Each chair contains up to 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg) of plastic waste. Aeron is available in four distinctive materials inspired by elements pulled from the Earth, making way for a thoughtfully-designed line.
The new wave for Herman Miller will stand as a continued commitment to sustainability, and a long-term goal to expand recycled content to at least fifty percent by 2030. "We’re proud of the progress we’ve already made with packaging and textiles and are eager to continue doing our part in preventing harmful plastic from reaching our oceans by adding it to the iconic Aeron Chair," says Wing.
A seat that's comfortable, sleek, and makes for a cleaner tomorrow? Now that's worth a sitting ovation.
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