Herman Miller continues pioneering use of ocean plastic with new Sayl chair

12 January 2023

Herman Miller continues to increase the use of plastic from the oceans in its range of contemporary furniture. The Sayl chair, imagined by the famous Swiss designer Yves Béhar, will now be made up of 1.36 kg of poorly managed plastic waste recovered near waterways. This development is part of the dynamic launched in 2021 with the introduction of ocean plastic in the emblematic Aeron chair and will make it possible to recycle 95 metric tons* each year, or the equivalent of approximately 9.6 million bottles of plastic water.

As part of the MillerKnoll collective, this announcement illustrates Herman Miller's ongoing commitment to sustainability and its long-term goal to achieve at least 50% recycled content in all materials used by the company by 2030 , including the use of plastic from the oceans.

Sayl completes the impressive range of Herman Miller products made from ocean plastic. Along with Aeron, Sayl and other product lines including OE1 and Revenio textiles, the company estimates that 234 metric tons of ocean plastic, or the equivalent of 23 million water bottles, is the amount of plastic extracted from the ocean. ocean every year.

"Innovating doesn't always mean creating new products," says Gabe Wing, director of sustainability at MillerKnoll. "Innovation is often about exploring ways to use new avenues of research, new insights and new resources and improve on what already exists. Our team is extremely enthusiastic about continuing to improve and the introduction of products advocating responsible use of the Earth's resources."

Since its introduction in 2010, the Sayl chair has been a leader in responsible design. Inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge, Sayl's eco-friendly design has been specifically created for reduced material usage through creative methods, while ensuring ergonomic support and comfort. The chair is also 92% recyclable at the end of its life.

On the occasion of this announcement, Yves Béhar, the designer of Sayl and founder of fuseproject, commented: Charles Eames once said: "Design is never finished". This is true for the Sayl chair, which has been continuously improved over the years since its launch. Designed from the start as a light, simple and low carbon footprint chair in the category of complete task chairs, the Sayl chair has become a true reference in its category. Several years after its launch, I am delighted to see the Sayl chair made from recycled plastic recovered from rivers and oceans; it is a new stage in the improvement of its design. At fuseproject, this concern and passion has always been at the heart of our work and will continue to be.

All colorways of the Sayl chair will be made of ocean-sourced plastic, and special versions created for Herman Miller Gaming will be added to the lineup in the future. Depending on the color chosen, each Sayl chair will contain between 0.907 kg (2 lbs) and 1.36 kg (3 lbs) of ocean plastic, with Sayl's black version being the richest. The Sayl Chair with Ocean Plastic is available in Europe now and will be available in other parts of the world later in 2023.

Herman Miller has also announced that all colors of the Aeron are now available with ocean plastic since November. Onyx, Graphite, Mineral and Carbon stains contain up to 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg) of ocean plastic per chair.

To learn more about the environmental specifications of each Sayl or Aeron chair model, and to understand how purchasing these items can help meet green building standards, including LEED, visit https:// millerknoll.ecomedes.com/ .

About Herman Miller

Since 1905, Herman Miller has continued its commitment to creating designs that address problems and inspire the best in man. Over time, Herman Miller has forged close ties with the most visionary designers of the time, from mid-century greats like George Nelson, the Eames office and Isamu Noguchi, to research-oriented visionaries like Robert Propst and Bill Stumpf, to today's cutting-edge studios like Industrial Facility and Studio 7.5. From the birth of ergonomic furniture to the crafting of the most iconic pieces of the twentieth century, Herman Miller has spent the past century crafting original, timeless design with lasting impact, while building a strong design heritage. , of innovation and social progress. Herman Miller is part of MillerKnoll, a collective of dynamic brands united to design the world we live in.

*Based on current sales forecast.

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