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Wilkhahn Picto chair
Wilkhahn's Picto office chair written about in 1997 was designed to have a long life as it is easy to disassemble and repair.  At the end of the products life it can also be disassembled for a combination of parts reuse and materials recycling.  Up to 95% can be recycled. 

To aid collection and disassembly at end of life Wilkhahn has developed a system for taking back the product and remanufacturing it after the initial use [see Neos example].  Once it has been collected a number of design features speed up the disessembly process:

  • the cloth covers are detachable for cleaning, repair or replacement
  • the number of parts and the amount of materials have been reduced to a minimum
  • all parts are mechanically joined, without glue
  • all plastic parts weighing more than 15g are marked for identification

  • In terms of material selection:

    • the chair is made from polypropylene,
    • high-pressure secondary aluminium,
    • PUR-foam produced without CFCs
    • beech wood from renewable sources. 
    • pigments do not contain heavy metals.

    Source: Brezet, H. and C. van Hemel (1997) 'Ecodesign: a promising approach to sustainable production and consumption' Rathenau Institute, TU Delft & UNEP, Paris

    A visit to Wilkhahn's website in July 2008 showed that they have environmental data sheest for a wide range of thisr products -

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