Steelcase Seating Turning Green

February 20, 2004
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GRAND RAPIDS — Steelcase Inc. has earned an environmental certification for 12 of its office seating products.

The Greenguard Environmental Institute certification means Steelcase’s office chairs meet low-emitting standards for volatile-organic compounds.

The certification also concerns emissions from materials such as coatings, paints, veneers and glues used in furnishings and which can affect air quality in an office.

Steelcase earned the Greenguard Indoor Air Quality certification for its Cachet, Criterion, Drive, Gentry, Leap, Max Stacker, Max Stacker II, Parade, Protege, Rally, Sensor and Turnstone Springboard seating lines.

Greenguard is the only testing program in the world for low-emitting products.

The Atlanta-based institute will continue monitoring the 12 Steelcase seating products for compliance with Greenguard standards.

“Greenguard certification is a prestigious program recognizing the importance of indoor air quality, and of developing products that have a minimal impact on our work environments,” said David Rinard, director of corporate environmental performance at Steelcase.

The company is seeking Greenguard certification for its major systems and casegoods furniture products, Rinard said.       

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