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In The Graduate, Mr. McGuire tells Benjamin, "I just want to say one word to you. Just one word ... Plastics." Ahh, plastics: those synthetic or semi-synthetic organic solids that are moldable, sturdy and easy to clean — three qualities that come in mighty handy when it comes to dining chairs.

How earth-friendly are plastic chairs? Well, it depends. Many are made from polypropylene, which can be heat softened and recycled. Many of the chairs below come in a variety of colors and can be used indoors and out. Most would look terrific in a modern or contemporary dining room, and some could be used for daring contrast in a more traditional or eclectic setting. You can have a field day mixing and matching shapes and colors, as well. While some of these are quite pricey, none exceeds $500.

Which plastic chairs have we missed? Which are your favorites?

16 Plastic Chairs

1 Eames molded plastic chairs from Design Within Reach. Made with Injection-molded batch-dyed polypropylene. Prices vary. A wide selection of bases available.
2 Masters from Ultra Modern. Modified batch-dyed polypropylene, $244.
3 Lizz chair from Design Within Reach. Made with Batch-colored technopolymer, $285.
4 Victoria ghost chair from Design Within Reach. Designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell. Made with single piece injection-molded transparent or batch-dyed polycarbonate. $330.

5 Luna by Papatya from Ultra Modern. Polypropylene with a transparent polycarbonate back, $239.
6 Mr Incredible from Hive Modern. POlycarbonate, $448.
7 Petite chair from CB2. Hi-gloss white formed Hirek® plastic seat, $169.
8 Urban from IKEA. Chair from reinforced polypropylene and feet made with synthetic rubber, $39.99.

9 Supernatural chair from Hive Modern. Fiberglass reinforced polypropylene, $230.
10 Nelson swag leg from Room and Board. Polypropylene, $499.
11 Lisboa side chair from Design Within Reach. Made from Polypropylene; fiberglass, $120.
12 Papyrus from Hive Modern. Transparent or smooth batch-dyed polycarbonate, $349.

13 Ultra Bellini from Hive Modern. Nylon polymer, $275.
14 Thalya at Hive Modern. Polycarbonate, $293.
15 Panton chair by Vitra from Hive Modern. Made from fibreglass reinforced polypropylene dyed through with a matte surface, $295.
16 Spark side chair from Design Within Reach. Made with UV-resistant, glass-reinforced polypropylene, $171.

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