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.
Ocean-bound Plastic Explainer Video
What is ocean-bound plastic and how does it work? View this video to see how Herman Miller is incorporating this plastic waste into our products and processes.
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 326 metric tonnes of ocean-bound plastic diverted from the ocean annually
(That's the equivalent of 32 million water bottles!)*
*based on annual sales forecast
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.