DSM Engg helps launch light, eco-friendly chairs

Although ‘Lightly’ chairs have passed the BIFMA commercial seating standards tests, they have been designed primarily for indoor use.

DSM Engineering Materials recently announced the launch of its first collaboration with New Zealand-based direct-to-consumer furniture brand Noho, with their ‘Lightly’ stackable chairs.

The new plant-and recycled-based product is the first chair to be manufactured from DSM Engineering Materials’ EcoPaXX bio-based polyamide, which is derived from the castor bean plant.

This renewable resource is highly CO2-absorbent while it is growing, giving EcoPaXX a lower carbon footprint compared to fossil-based alternatives. It combines superior functional performance, optimal durability and excellent aesthetics, with a significantly reduced environmental impact.

In line with Noho’s strong environmental commitments, it collaborated with DSM Engineering Materials to create Lightly, helping accelerate the next phase of the brand’s sustainability journey.

The launch of Lightly marks the second entry in Noho’s portfolio of ergonomically designed and more sustainably produced chairs for work, home and events. Lightly chairs are available to order in the US and New Zealand.

However, Lightly chairs have been designed primarily for indoor use, and are not recommended for prolonged outdoor exposure. Lightly chairs have passed the BIFMA commercial seating standards testing.

Combining comfort and convenience, Lightly is designed to be light and easily stackable for simplified storage, mobility and versatility. This compactness also reduces the greenhouse gas emissions related to shipping the products, as more chairs can be loaded into a single container.

Lightly offers users excellent comfort thanks to its award-winning, research-based design. Nevertheless, its thin frame is manufactured using as little material as possible to reduce emissions related to raw material sourcing.

This means the material used must meet extremely demanding performance standards, and EcoPaXX provides the ideal combination of strength, durability, low moisture uptake, and excellent surface finish – resulting in a product that is as attractive and robust as it is sustainable.

Lightly has been recognised by the Chicago Athenaeum with a Green Good Design award for sustainability and the Best Awards with Gold Pins for furniture and sustainability. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.



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