The next time someone asks you to “pull up a chair,” you may want to take a second look. It could be made out of plastic bottles. In an effort to show the value of recycled plastic, Coca-Cola and Emeco are working together to create some pretty cool furniture – beautiful chairs made out of recycled plastic bottles.
According to the company website, Coke approached furniture maker Emeco with an idea several years ago. The world’s largest beverage company had a new recycling plant in South Carolina and wanted to put the spotlight on the value of recycled plastic. Combining the iconic Coca-cola contour bottle package with the classic Navy Chair design, the super-sleek 111 Navy Chair was created.
Emeco’s 111 Navy Chair
Along with glass fiber and pigment, each unique 111 Navy Chair is constructed using a mixture of 60 percent rPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate) plastic. 111 bottles are used to create each chair. The joint venture could potentially reuse the PET from three million plastic bottles annually, according to Emeco Chairman Gregg Buchbinder.
Using a state-of-the-art mold, the body of the 111 Navy Chair is actually manufactured upside down. The chair has a scratch-resistant finish and passes BIFMA testing for commercial use. Making its grand debut at the Milan Furniture Fair in April, the 111 Navy Chair will be available for purchase this month at around $230.
Emeco makes chairs. And they make them all by hand. Designed to last 150 years, many models include lifetime warranty. Founded in 1944, the Pennsylvania company’s first all-aluminum chair was designed for US Navy submarines. Impervious to corrosion, lightweight and fireproof, it takes 77 individual steps by skilled craftsmen to make the chair. And legend has it the shape of the original chair’s aluminum seat was molded after famed actress Betty Grable’s rear-end! More than 1 million Navy Chairs have been sold since the company began. Today the sleek and elegant chairs are made out of 80 percent recycled aluminum content.
Photo courtesy of Emeco