GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Steelcase Inc. announced that all 17 of its active solid colors and seven wood grain 3mm and 1mm edge bands are PVC-free on twelve of its systems furniture product lines.
The $2.3 billion office furniture and systems manufacturer has offered PVC-free edge banding in Europe since 1995 and Steelcase says it leads the office systems industry with this offering for worksurfaces in North America.
In recent years, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has become a source of global environmental concern, as a growing body of scientific evidence points to the potential long-term human and environmental health dangers. This hampers recycling and creates challenges in reducing environmental impact over the office system life-cycle.
Steelcase says it is using a proprietary polyolefin blend material to replace PVC in its worksurface edge banding. The material is flexible enough to manufacture all the shapes – including curvilinear and small radius corners. Polyolefins have the highest potential for recycling. Steelcase says the material has also been approved by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) for use in Cradle to Cradle Certified products.
“In 2006, we put a stake in the ground by establishing an aggressive goal to eliminate PVC from our products,” say Angela Nahikian, director, global environmental sustainability for Steelcase Inc. “We have more work ahead of us, but are excited to be making such significant and tangible progress in eliminating this material from our product offering.”
Read the full Steelcase PVC press release.
About Steelcase Inc.
Steelcase Inc. helps create great experiences - wherever work happens. Our brands offer a comprehensive portfolio of workplace furnishings, products and services, inspired by nearly 100 years of insight gained serving the world's leading organizations. We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 650 dealers. We design for social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Steelcase is a global, publicly traded company leading our industry with fiscal 2010 revenue of approximately $2.3 billion.
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