Ocean-bound plastic

Herman Miller is a founding member of NextWave Plastics, a consortium working to develop the first global network of ocean-bound plastic supply chains. By integrating this transformed plastic into our products and processes, we’re reducing the volume of plastic waste, little by little.

The process

Plastic waste tends to build up in coastal cities that don’t have the infrastructure to process it. As part of NextWave Plastics, we’re working to turn this plastic into something brand-new. See how we do it.

Suppliers work with local pickers to scavenge the profitable plastics.
Photo courtesy of OceanCycle.

These raw materials are ground, washed, and pelletised
Photo courtesy of OceanCycle.

Then, they’re sold to manufacturers like Herman Miller, where we test and re-engineer the plastic.

Finally, this plastic is incorporated into a growing number of our products and packaging.

An estimated 234 metric tons of ocean-bound plastic diverted from the ocean annually

(That's the equivalent of 23 million water bottles!)*

*based on annual sales forecast

Making the best, better for Earth

Exact same chair, just a little more sustainable.

Re-meet Aeron  Re-meet Aeron 

Products made with ocean-bound plastic

Products made with ocean-bound plastic vary by region. We’re continually working to find ways to add this material into our products and expand our current offer across the globe. Below represents what is available today in your region.

Aeron Performance Chair  Aeron Performance Chair 
Aeron Performance Stool  Aeron Performance Stool 
OE1 Storage Trolleys   OE1 Storage Trolleys