Herman Miller is increasing the use of ocean-bound plastic within the modern furniture maker’s portfolio. Sayl Chair, designed by esteemed Swiss Designer Yves Béhar and released in Europe in 2022, will now be available in North America, Asia, and Latin America.
Each chair includes up to 0.9 pounds of mismanaged plastic waste found near waterways. This builds upon the momentum created by the introduction of ocean-plastic in the iconic Aeron Chair in 2021.
As part of the MillerKnoll collective, this announcement highlights Herman Miller’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, and another substantial step towards its long-term goal to increase recycled content to at least 50 percent, including the use of ocean-bound plastic, across all material the Company uses by 2030.
Sayl joins an impressive roster of Herman Miller products now being made with ocean-bound plastic. Between Aeron, Sayl, and other product lines including OE1 and five proprietary textiles, the company’s 2023 sales forecast estimates 326 metric tons of ocean-bound plastic, the equivalent of 32 million water bottles, will be diverted from the ocean annually.
“True innovation isn’t always about making new products,” says Gabe Wing, Director of Sustainability at MillerKnoll. “Oftentimes it can be looking for ways to use new research, perspectives, and resources to improve what already exists. Our team is incredibly excited to continue to improve and introduce products that promote responsible use of Earth’s resources.”
Sayl can be purchased in stores and online at both Herman Miller and Design Within Reach and through MillerKnoll dealers for contract customers. Retail pricing begins at $750 USD. Color availability may vary. Visit the Herman Miller website for details.