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Herman Miller expands use of ocean-bound plastic in Sayl chair

Herman Miller is continuing to increase the use of ocean-bound plastic within its portfolio. The Sayl Chair, designed by Swiss Designer Yves Béhar will now include up to 1.36 kg (3 pounds) of mismanaged plastic waste found near waterways.

This change builds upon the momentum created by the introduction of ocean plastic in the iconic Aeron Chair in 2021 and will divert 95 metric tons, the equivalent of approximately 9.6 million plastic water bottles, from the ocean annually.

As part of the MillerKnoll collective, the announcement highlights Herman Miller’s commitment to sustainability, and long-term goal to increase recycled content to at least 50 per cent, including the use of ocean-bound plastic, across all materials the Company uses by 2030.

Sayl joins a roster of Herman Miller products now being made with ocean-bound plastic. Between Aeron, Sayl, and other product lines including OE1 and Revenio textiles, the Company estimates that 234 metric tons of ocean-bound plastic, the equivalent of 23 million water bottles, will be diverted from the ocean annually.

Gabe Wing, Director of Sustainability at MillerKnoll said, “true innovation isn’t always about making new products. Oftentimes it can be looking for ways to use new research, perspectives, and resources to improve what already exists. Our team is incredibly excited to continue to improve and introduce products that promote responsible use of Earth’s resources.” 

Since its introduction in 2010, the Sayl chair, inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge, the eco-dematerialised design of Sayl was specifically created to use less material in inventive ways while providing ergonomic support and comfort. Additionally, the chair is 92 per cent recyclable at the end of life.   

All colours of the Sayl chair will include ocean-bound plastic with the Black version of Sayl having the highest. Sayl with ocean-bound plastic is available in Europe now and will be available in other areas of the globe later in 2023.   

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