PROCESS

HOW WE MAKE CHAIRS OUT OF 2.5LBS OF UPCYCLED OCEAN BOUND PLASTIC

Around the world, humans use about 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single-use purposes – utilized for just a few moments, but lasting on the planet for several hundred years.

While we might not be able to go back in time, we can make the best of the situation in front of us. That is why we are making chairs out 2.5LBS of upcycled ocean bound plastic. How are our chairs made you ask? Great question. It all starts with a not so little enemy called litter.

Litter

Consumers throw away enough plastic each year to circle the Earth four times. 91% of this plastic is not disposed of properly and only 25% of the plastic produced in the U.S. is recycled.

Pollution

Lacking proper recycling education and infrastructure to manage waste properly, the plastics enters our rivers, streams, and oceans. In fact, if the pollution problem continues, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050.

Collection

Local groups and non-profits lead environmental efforts to collect trash and plastic waste from the environment.

If you are looking to get involved in bettering our environment, join a local beach cleanup organization in your community. Don’t live by a beach?

That’s okay! Look for any plastic cleanup program. This ensures that no piece of plastic will one day end up in our oceans.

Sorting

Recycling efforts sort out reusable material including high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) from single-use plastic containers. HDPE plastics will be marked with a number “2” in the recycling symbol.

Resin

HDPE is then broken down into tiny pellets, called resins, and upcycled for the production of products. Through a process called resin castings, the resins are molded to take, virtually, any desired shape.

Result

LowTides stylish, durable and socially responsible beach chair made from 2.5LBS of upcycled ocean bound plastic.

From the collection stage to its completion, the chair-building process takes about 16 weeks, roughly a New Jersey summer. Throughout the 16 week production, each of our stylish and durable chairs removes 2.5LBS of ocean bound plastic in an effort to save the beauty of the oceans for future generations.