Organic Chair Made With EcoFriendly Binding Agent, Acrodur

Many individuals have latched onto the trend toward organic items - whether it is eggs, vegetables, milk - but what about organic car seats?

With sustainability and lightweighting at the forefront of automaker's minds, we created an organic, concept car seat that took these trends to the next level - the hemp chair.

The majority of this chair is made out of renewable, raw materials and incorporates the BASF water-based, eco-friendly binding agent technology, Acrodur. The majority of the chair is made out of renewable, raw materials and incorporates the BASF water-based, eco-friendly binding agent technology, Acrodur.

"For us, it was important to show the versatility of natural fibers in combination with our binder," said Dr. Michael Kalbe, technical marketing dispersions for fiber bonding at BASF. "[This design] combines eco-friendliness, functionality, form and optics."

This chair was imagined by acclaimed designer Werner Aisslinger to be the first monobloc, or stackable, chair made of natural fibers.

This chair was imagined by acclaimed designer Werner Aisslinger to be the first monobloc, or stackable, chair made of natural fibers.

"Design history is driven by new technologies and material innovation," said Aisslinger, about his design and incorporation of BASF products.

Our technology - the Acrodur binding agent - is entirely eco-friendly because it is a water-based and formaldehyde-free cross-linking acrylate resin that compresses and binds these fibers.

The combination of components makes the chair lightweight, but still promotes stiffness in the chair.  In addition, the curing process makes the chair extremely durable even up against high temperatures.

Today's consumers are looking to lead more environmentally friendly, organic lifestyles. Automakers are looking to reduce the weight of the car, which leads to reduced costs and lower emissions. This concept chair would provide a real-world solution for automakers in lightweighting, fuel efficiency and emissions reduction.