Recycled Aluminum Passes the Bar


Even more than a man, a good barstool is hard to find, especially one that is made with sustainable materials and looks good enough to pull up to your green kitchen counter or bar.

Enter Girari Sustainable Furniture, a company with a foundry and showroom in L.A. which is reproducing architectural designs the new fashioned way: using recycled materials.

Among the patterns used is the famed Seventies Tractor Stool,  designed by the company’s founder Eyreick Williamson. Along with the other counter and barstools, it emerges as classic heavy metal  with a new green edge. The finishes are really beautiful, as well, polished in a variety of ways from silky brushed satin to highly polished mirror or hammered stone.

I love the fact that the aluminum had a former life – when you know how energy-intensive virgin aluminum production is, it’s essential to only by the recycled and reused form of the metal. As the company puts it: “The stunning, sophisticated chair your friends are admiring is comprised of metal that might have supported the landing gear on a Boeing 727.”

Hey, when something this hot is recycled, it’s first class seating all the way.

Girari, which sells its line in the U.S. as well as in Milan and Tokyo, also produces fiberglass stools and chairs which are not technically green – but they can at least be recycled into other fiberglass products. (Some fiberglass models do have the recycled aluminum bases.)

Luanne Bradley

Luanne Sanders Bradley is the West coast Editor at EcoSalon and currently resides in San Francisco, California.