Recycled Plastic

These Stools are Taboo.

There is so much plastic in the world that ends up in landfills, or in the case of plastic grocery bags, often hanging from a tree limb, it just makes me sick. Any time I see something about a company recycling plastic into a beautiful object I feel like there might be hope for our polluted planet.

Designers Ayse Birsel and Bibi Seck have designed the Taboo Collection of furniture that are made in Dakar, Senegal, from 75% recycled garbage bags and plastic bottles. The furniture is manufactured by Transtech, a Senegalese maker of cisterns and septic tanks utilizing recycled plastic. The stools draw their inspiration from the daily habits of Western Africans who traditionally sit or squat around low tables at meal time.

Taboo pieces come in a variety of colors ranging from corals to blues, and greens, depending on the color of the recycled plastic used at the time of manufacture. The stools and tables have a visual quality that is reminiscent of “careaux cassées,” the broken tile floors that are so popular in Dakar. Taboo is durable enough to be used both indoors and outside, which would make it ideal for patio furniture here in the states. My only question is color fastness with prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.

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Photography: Bibi Seck.


Coca-Cola’s 111 Navy Chair Project.

Chair manufacturer Emeco has teamed up with Coca-Cola to produce its classic Navy chair from 111 recycled plastic bottles. The collaboration represents Cokes effort to introduce more green strategies for the iconic brand, and allows Emeco to help develop new environmentally friendly technologies for manufacturing.

The 111 Navy chair is produced from a proprietary mix rPET Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate- recycled plastic bottles, and glass fiber which is added for extra strength which was developed in conjunction with BASF.

According to Coke the goal of the 111 Navy Chair project was to alter consumer behavior by illustrating the value of rPET plastic with beautifully designed products, which will ultimately encourage recycling.

Emeco uses a state of the art mold system to produce the new 111 Navy chair, which includes the original stretcher bar underneath the seat which assures authenticity to the original design structure, and enhances structural integrity.

The 111 Navy chair is available in 6 colors, 3 of which are color fast rated for out door use. Red, Snow, Flint Gray, Grass Green, Persimmon and Charcoal. (Snow, Flint and Red, can be used in outdoor situations) The chairs velvet finish is scratch resistant, and comes with a 5 year warranty like all Emeco products.

Coke estimates they can recycle up to 3 million bottles a year with the Emeco 111 Navy chair project.