Herman Miller (MillerKnoll) announced that its entire portfolio of Aeron Chairs will contain ocean-bound plastic, including a new color, Onyx Ultra Matte, which contains up to 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg) of mismanaged plastic waste found near waterways per chair. These material changes in the Aeron Portfolio are projected to save the ocean from over 150 tons of plastic annually—equal to approximately 15 million single-use plastic water bottles1.

The updates are part of Herman Miller’s membership in NextWave Plastics, its ongoing commitment to sustainability, and long-term goal to increase recycled content to at least 50 percent including the use of ocean-bound plastic across all material the company uses by 2030.

Herman Miller ocean-bound plastic explainer video

e”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,” said 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. 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.”

By integrating ocean-bound plastic into all these products and packaging solutions, Herman Miller estimates it will divert up to 234 metric tons of plastic from the ocean annually, equal to preventing close to 400,000 milk jugs or up to 23 million plastic bottles from entering the ocean annually.

At OceanCycle, we are proud to have certified the ocean-bound material used in these chairs. Learn more about OceanCycle Certification.

Read Herman Miller’s announcement, below.

Herman Miller’s Aeron chair now made with recycled ocean-bound plastic material [Image Credit: Herman Miller]

Herman Miller recounts the design and production challenges to integrating recycled ocean-bound material into the Aeron product line.  

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