Ahrend partners with Envalior to deliver Remode, the sustainable office chair made with Akulon® RePurposed RE30

Envalior announces it has supported the Dutch based manufacturer Ahrend to deliver Remode, a sustainable office chair. The chair’s structural seat components, backrest mechanism and the star base are manufactured from Akulon® RePurposed, a versatile, high-performance polyamide, made from recycled fishing nets. The mechanical recyclate from ghost fishing nets closes Remode’s value chain designed for recycling and reduces CO2 emissions.

Ahrend partners with Envalior to deliver Remode, the sustainable office chair made with Akulon® RePurposed RE30

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The new Remode office chair from Ahrend weighs just 15 kilograms and more than two-thirds of its weight is attributed to Envalior’s 30% glass fibre-reinforced recyclate Akulon® RePurposed RE30, offering a superior mechanical property profile.

Akulon® RePurposed RE30 contains a minimum of 62% recycled content, consisting of 50% ocean-bound plastic and 12% pre-consumer recycled content. “By using this sustainable material, we can close the Remode value chain, which is designed for recycling, and reduce our CO2 emissions,” said Arnoud Vlieger, Head of Product Development at Ahrend. “In addition, the material enables a lightweight component solution with high material efficiency, which also contributes to lower CO2 emissions.”

A hallmark of all Ahrend furniture is its modular design. This allows the furniture to be repaired, which extends its lifespan. At the same time, it is easier to disassemble the furniture, so that the raw materials can be recycled as part of a circular economy. “This cradle-to-cradle philosophy, together with the eco-design of our furniture, is the basis of our circular product design and was the reason we chose Akulon® RePurposed for our Remode chair,” explained Vlieger.

Ahrend Remode chair flatlay of components
Ahrend Remode chair flatlay of components (photo: ©Alexander van Berge)

One of the strengths of the recyclate, which is reinforced with 30% short glass fibres, is its superior mechanical property profile. “Our material doesn’t need to shy away from comparison with virgin material upon proper application,” explained Dr. Dannie van Osch, Business Development Manager of Specialties at Envalior. “Its stiffness, strength and toughness are so high that it could even be used to construct structural components of the seat, the backrest mechanism and the star base, which are subject to high static and dynamic loads. This has helped to make the Remode lighter.

Photo: ©Alexander van Berge

Project partners receive development and production support

Envalior provided Ahrend and other project partners with comprehensive support during the development of the office chair. In addition to providing advice on the material choice, Envalior also helped to determine the optimum processing parameters for injection molding the components from Akulon® RePurposed. “We helped to set up a stable and material-friendly production process that enables efficient and economical manufacture with good surface quality of the plastic parts,” said van Osch.

Photo: ©Alexander van Berge

Giving a new life to ghost fishing nets

Currently Envalior collects and recycles more than 3,000 tons of polyamide 6 ghost fishing nets that accumulate in Indian coastal regions. The company works closely with local partners to this end. The nets are cleaned, sorted, shredded, mixed with post-industrial waste and extruded into Akulon® RePurposed regranulate. “In this way, we protect the marine environment and additionally contribute to social welfare by creating jobs and strengthening the local economy,” said van Osch.

Photo: ©Alexander van Berge

Remode meets the ergonomic standards to protect the body from repetitive strains, encourages good posture and reduces excessive stress on the spine. Alongside flexible armrests, the task chair features a synchro-movement mechanism that enables the seat and back to move smoothly together, promoting an active posture. As the control buttons are easy to reach from the sitting position and all of the features can be adjusted individually, Remode is extremely adaptable and enables a high level of customisation.  

Ahrend Remode chair is ergonomic
Photo: ©Alexander van Berge

Cover photo: ©Alexander van Berge

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