Begin with what is left over and turn it into what will last. In 1944, EMECO started taking salvaged aluminium and turning them into chairs for the US Navy, a war-time necessity. Today it is scrap plastic. EMECO keep it out of oceans and landfills and turn it into chairs that last, a planet necessity. On top of the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) EMECO also Re-imagines, developing a way to work with waste materials to make products of extraordinary strength, durability, and beauty.
In 2006, Coca-Cola and EMECO teamed up to solve an environmental problem – keeping waste plastic bottles out of landfills and oceans. It took four years and many work hours to upcycle the soft recycled PET into a structurally sound, timeless chair, but it was time well spent. Each 111 Navy Chair® is made from at least 111 recycled plastic bottles. Since its launch in 2010, 111 Navy Chair® keeps millions of bottles from the landfill every year.
Today EMECO chairs are still made in the U.S.A., of 80% recycled aluminium, and are made by hand, by EMECO craftsmen using the original 77 steps process. The world’s best architects and designers collaborate with EMECO to design chairs that are built and guaranteed to last a lifetime. Their mission is to make a positive impact on the environment. Their goals are to use waste material in their products, use as little energy as possible in their manufacturing, generate a minimum of waste in the process, and build strong, durable, beautiful chairs that last through generations. Recycled aluminium is a smart material; endlessly recyclable, strong, lightweight, non-corrosive and fireproof. EMECO all-aluminium chairs and stools are made from at least 80% recycled aluminium, they are 100% recyclable and what is even smarter is their estimated life span of at least 150 years. Aluminium has anti-bacterial properties, making it a desirable material for sensitive settings such as healthcare environments, where it also performs exceptionally well from a maintenance standpoint. Bleach cleanable. Can be power washed. Suitable for outdoor use.
Besides using recycled aluminium, they have explored various resources and now implements Recycled PET, Accoya Wood, Cork, Reclaimed Wood Polypropylene, and Eco-concrete into their designs. All these materials are either biodegradable or reusable. PET is probably the most common plastic on earth. By upcycling waste plastic bottles into timeless chairs built to last, EMECO keep the plastic out of the waste stream for a long time - the opposite of disposable. What is more, the material is 100% recyclable without loss of strength meaning EMECO can turn old chairs into new chairs on and on.
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