GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A new standard that defines sustainability for the office furniture industry might be in place by the end of the year, according to mlive.com. The standard was approved last month by membership of the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Assn., and will provide a common definition for furniture makers, suppliers and customers to gauge the sustainable aspects of products, materials and manufacturing practices.

“Sustainability is such an evolving topic. It means different things to different people,” said Tom Reardon, BIFMA’s executive director. “What’s green to one person isn’t to another person. It’s better for everybody — for manufacturers, for suppliers and for customers — if we all work from the same playbook.”

Reardon said he would like the finalized standard to debut at the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo to be held in Boston, Nov. 19-21.

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