Here are new design solutions to help to reduce, reuse, and recycle, including shower fixtures that conserve water, furnishings made of recycled plastic waste, and high-performance insulation manufactured from recycled glass and 100% wind electricity.
Statement VES Collection
The Statement VES showering collection was developed with the precise number, size, and distribution of nozzles to deliver consistent spray coverage. The collection’s low-flow spray uses Kohler’s Katalyst Air-Induction technology to deliver larger drops that retain heat longer. The collection includes a showerhead and hand shower with a 0.5 gpm pause option that can conserve at least 40 percent of water compared to a typical 2.5 gpm showerhead. The EPA WaterSense-certified fixtures come in polished chrome, matte black, and brushed nickel finishes.
bFRIENDS Desk Accessories
bFRIENDS by Bene is a collection of desktop accessories designed by Pearson Lloyd and made from discarded food packaging. The collection includes two pen pots, two trays, and a stand for mobile devices, all 3-D printed from 100 percent recycled PLA — a cornstarch-derived bioplastic diverted from landfills. At the end of a product’s life, it can be returned to Bene to be recycled again, creating a complete, closed-loop, production cycle. The curvaceous accessories come in a palette of 10 colors for both office and residential settings.
Herman Miller has introduced Aeron Onyx, a dramatic, ultra-black matte colorway for their popular Aeron chair that is created with over 2.5 pounds of ocean-bound, mismanaged plastic waste found near waterways. In addition to Aeron Onyx, the company’s entire portfolio of Aeron chairs will be reimagined to include ocean-bound plastics, part of Herman Miller’s long-term goal to increase recycled content to at least 50 percent across all products by 2030. These material changes in the Aeron portfolio are projected to save the ocean from over 150 tons of plastic annually — equal to approximately 15 million single-use plastic water bottles.
Bit is a versatile indoor-outdoor table that can be used as a pedestal for flowers, as a side table for a lamp, or as impromptu seating. Inspired by clear-cut shapes such as monoliths and columns, designer Simon Legald’s playful take on the stool is both bold and multifunctional. Available in four color combinations, the stool’s straightforward, utilitarian look contrasts with a pixelated surface made up of small bits of 100 percent recycled household and industrial plastic.
Constellation Outdoor Table
Made with 100 percent recycled HDPE tops, Constellation was designed by Chris Adamick as a response to the changed office landscape. With both indoor and outdoor versions, the table’s lightweight industrial structure allows for an array of different surfaces or plant life to infill its connection points. Constellation starts as a three-top module and builds from there with the add-on module. It can be used as a small table for gathering or to create a long run to fill a terrace, a rooftop, or any other outdoor space.
PINK Next Gen Fiberglas
Offering excellent R-values, PINK Next Gen Fiberglas insulation is made up of a tightly woven network of soft, fine fibers that form a resilient blanket of micro-pockets that trap air and reduce sound transmission. PINK Next Gen Fiberglas is UL GREENGUARD certified for low VOCs and offers the highest recycled content in the industry — 1.3 billion pounds of glass recycled per year. The insulation also saves 12 times the energy used to produce it in just one year and is made with 100 percent wind-powered electricity.