Designer Jean Louis Iratzoki has designed a green chair made of bioplastic, the first of its kind.
The world has finally come around to taking sustainability and green products seriously, even in the realm of products for mundane use, such as chairs.
Move over hard, uncomfortable and hardly sustainable chairs and make way for the bioplastic chair! Jean Louis Iratzoki has designed a line of bioplastic chairs, called Kuskoa Bi, for the French company Alki. These chairs consist of an enveloping shell, delicately placed on a solid wood trestle that is cut out in such a way so as to optimise arm and back support.
The company had envisioned creating a comfortable enveloping chair with a semi-conclave shell. The material that best facilitates this shape is plastic. However, as Alki says on its website, “The production of plastic is contrary to our fundamental principles on sustainable development. To find a solution to this dilemma, we carried out in-depth investigative research and found a new material: bioplastic.”
Bioplastic is a material that shares many similar features with fossil fuel plastic. However, it is made out of renewable resources that are essentially plant-based such as beet, corn starch, sugarcane, etc. And because bioplastic is plant-based, it is very much biodegradable. This is an excellent, green alternative to plastic, which depletes the world’s fossil resources and is also a pollutant.
There is a series of mechanical processes involved in the making of the compound that eventually becomes bioplastic. This is then followed by a fermentation period. The polymer that is then obtained can be injected, extruded and thermoformed into any desired shape. This polymer is both recyclable and biodegradable.
The chair provides support to the arms and back, with its shell resting within a solid oak frame. The company also provides an upholstered version of the chair.
Text By Tasneem S. Pocketwala