Price Range: $330–$4,067
The root of the company’s design ethos is a lightweight recycled aluminum chair for Navy warships first made in 1944.
Almost a century later, they still offer this original chair, as well as the updated 111 Navy Chair, which swaps out recycled aluminum for 111 recycled plastic bottles.
If you want classic Americana style with your outdoor furniture, recycled plastic and salvaged aluminum combine to make simple yet stunning pieces of outdoor furniture including chairs, stools, benches, and tables.
Emeco’s Ethical & Sustainability Practices
Emeco uses almost entirely natural or reclaimed materials, such as reclaimed wood polypropylene (WPP), eco-concrete (made from recycled glass bottles), cork, sustainably harvested wood, plastic bottles (rPET), and recyclable aluminum.
The only virgin material used is aluminum for the aluminum frames, but it’s endlessly recyclable, durable, and lightweight—making it easy to move your furniture with you no matter where you may go.
Many of the materials used are Cradle to Cradle Gold and/or FSC-certified. Most are free from formaldehyde and VOCs.
Supply chain & labor practices:
Emeco’s recycled outdoor furniture is manufactured in Hannover, Pennsylvania. This is an area famous for Amish woodworkers, so Emeco didn’t have to look far for responsible wood sourcing.
US manufacturing and local sourcing help this manufacturer preserve skills and craftsmanship and support the local economy.
Carbon Commitments & green practices
Guided by the motto “make something well, it can survive anything”, Emeco products are designed to last at least 150 years.
90% are made from recycled materials, and the brand is aiming to make that percentage even higher.
The brand works to conserve energy and water and is transparent about its carbon footprint. Measurements are taken “cradle-to-gate” and then published.
The Emeco navy chair, for example, has a typical footprint of 14.88 kg CO2e, compared to an average of 30-60 kg CO2e for a standard chair.