The coca-cola company and furniture manufacturer emeco have combined their iconic
products – the coca-cola contour bottle package and the famous navy® chair, to create
a new chair made from at least 111 recycled plastic bottles. They named it ‘111 navy chair’.
Modeled after the original aluminum emeco navy chair (#1006) designed in 1944
for the U.S. navy, each 111 navy chair contains a mix of 60 percent rPET plastic (recycled
polyethylene terephthalate plastic) and a special combination of other materials including
pigment and glass fiber for strength. it is estimated that more than three million PET plastic
bottles will be re purposed annually for the production of 111 navy chairs.
The rPET content in each chair is sourced from the world’s largest plastic bottle-to bottle
recycling plant that began operation in 2009 in Spartanburg, South Carolina in the
United States through a partnership between the coca-cola company and united
resource recovery corp.
It’s attractive to bring back designer chairs from 1944 back in perspective and from recycled bottles. Naming the chairs ‘111 Navy Chairs’
gives it a feeling to do good for your world. Each ‘111 navy chair’ contains 111 recycled plastic bottles.
It’s inspiring to see companies working together and giving recycled bottles a whole new meaning and purpose.
Future potential: The navy chairs are beautiful designer chairs. Wouldn’t it be nice that you can donate your bottles and keep a track of the number
of bottles you donate? Over a certain period you could go claim yourself your own designer navy chair. That’s just an idea, but I would love it. Wouldn’t you?