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The 19th century stable yard

The 19th century stable yard
NTPL Zoë Colbeck

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Are you sitting comfortably?

The chairs we have used in the café at the Livinggreen Heart of the Park visitor centre are no ordinary chairs! Each Emeco 111 Navy chair is made from 111 recycled Coca-Cola bottles.

Emeco 111 Navy chairs in the café - made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles. NPTL/Jon Whitehead

The story of the Emeco 111 Navy Chair goes back to 2006, when Coca-Cola in the USA asked Emeco to collaborate to show the value of recycled plastic by remaking Emeco’s classic 1006 Navy Chair out of a new formulation of recycled plastic bottles. Working with scientists at BASF, the international chemical innovator, they developed a special mix composed of 65% recycled plastic bottles, colour pigment and glass fibre for strength. The mix is processed in special moulds to produce chairs in a variety of colours, which are durable, long-lasting and easy to clean. Each chair can be re-cycled again at the end of its useful life, which is expected to be at leat 30 years.

Emeco recently announced that over 3.5 million PET plastic bottles have so far been diverted from landfills and up-cycled into useful, lasting furniture.

More information can be found at

Come and visit the café soon and try out one of the Coca-Cola bottle chairs!


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