Recycled Aluminum

Environmental Issues
Emeco uses 80% recycled aluminum content to make our chairs. Of the recycled aluminum, half is post consumer (soft drink cans) and half is postindustrial (manufacturing scrap). Chairs made out of virgin aluminum have an energy density that is 17 times higher than that of Emeco chairs. Emeco all-aluminum chairs are 100% recyclable.

The Emeco factory in Hanover PA conforms to all applicable US, State and Local environmental regulations.

It is important to note the recycled content, and recyclability of Emeco chairs. But in addition, and perhaps even of greater significance, is the aspect of lifetime costing. Emeco all-aluminum chairs have an estimated lifespan of 150 years or more, making them a sound investment in every way.

LEED™ Certification
No product can be LEED™ Certified; certification is only granted to the entire building or interior. A project is LEED™ Certified by qualifying for credits that accrue when environmentally sound choices are made in the design and building process. Product choices can help the project qualify for LEED™ Certification by being environmentally sound. Some jurisdictions require new construction to have a minimum number of LEED™ Credits.

Specifying Emeco aluminum furniture contributes to credit #2.1, Construction Waste Management because Emeco uses 100% recyclable shipping and packing materials.

Specifying Emeco aluminum furniture contributes to credit #4.2, Recycled Content because it is made of between 80% recycled aluminum; 40% post consumer recycled material and 40% post industrial recycled material.

Specifying Emeco furniture contributes to credit #5.1, Regionally Manufactured Materials when shipped projects within 500 miles of our Hanover, PA facility – cities on the East Coast from Boston through Washington, DC. In addition, the recycled aluminum used in Emeco products is processed in Baltimore, MD, adding another credit contribution.

Aluminum does not emit VOCs or aldehydes in any measurable concentration, therefore out gassing requirements are not applicable.

LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a division of the US Green Building Council, a government sponsored organization whose goal is to promote environmentalism in the building industry. For more information visit