KI has confirmed that Postura+ will begin a transition to a circular economy, with all one-piece chairs manufactured from December 2022 set to contain at least 30 per cent recycled polypropylene.
Following over 3 years of trials and testing, this achievement sets a milestone on KI’s journey towards taking a leading position in the circular economy. Over the coming years, KI will work towards increasing this percentage to future milestones 50, 80, and ultimately 100 per cent, bringing all standard colours into line with the increasingly popular Jet Black chairs which are already made with 100 per cent recycled content.
Jonathan Hindle, President, KI EMEA said, “We manufacture approximately 400,000 one-piece Postura+ chairs alone each year, making it one of our most successful and high-volume product lines. Eliminating 600 tonnes of virgin polypropylene from this supply chain demonstrates our commitment to realistic, impactful steps towards sustainable practices, without compromising colour options, quality, durability, and warranties.”
This innovation in Postura+ chair production enhances the product’s environmental performance, outlined in its independently verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). Manufactured in the UK, these chairs are transported in 100 per cent recyclable packaging and are themselves 100 per cent recyclable at their end of life.
Alison Mallett, KI Europe’s Director of Education Furniture added, “our customers both in the UK and across Continental Europe are looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of their procurement practices, without adding unrealistic cost or compromising quality. What we’ve managed to achieve with Postura+ chairs is a fantastic step in the right direction and we are confident that this exciting news will be met with great enthusiasm from our customers.”