Extended Product Responsibility requirements in the ANSI/BIFMA e3 2011 Furniture
Sustainability Standard reward product design that is durable and upgradable to
last for a long time and then be recycled at the end of the useful life. Where is
product likely to be in 20 years? Since manufacturers cannot know that, we must
make it easier for future owners to recycle their products.
Design for Environment (DfE)
The development stage of a new product sets the course for how it will later impact the environment. Using the Design for Environment scorecard, we plan for a product’s long-term fate. Packaging, chemical content, renewable materials, and recyclability of products become important additions to the product design process.
It’s a challenge to predict where durable furniture will end up after its long lifetime, but Allsteel is working to keep our furniture out of landfills. One way to encourage the future recycling of our products is to make disassembly diagrams publicly available. These diagrams include identification of the materials in each component part so future recyclers can turn old materials into new.
Allsteel has partnered with ANEW, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to provide a
sustainable disposition solution for surplus contract office furniture. By repurposing
existing contract furniture, our clients can extend their furniture’s useful life, divert most
materials from the landfill, help local and national charitable organizations, and receive a
tax deduction in the process.
Learn more about ANEW
Learn more about Recycling Options
Chemicals of Concern
Allsteel recognizes growing concerns about chemicals in products and “red lists”
of chemicals prohibited by various organizations. We are evaluating the BIFMA e3
Chemicals of Concern list, the Living Building Challenge red list, the Google red
list, and others to determine where furniture changes are recommended and the feasibility
of accomplishing them. In the meantime, Allsteel continually maintains Indoor Advantage
certifications for indoor air quality assurance.
The ANSI/BIFMA e3 2011 Furniture Sustainability Standard is the only furniture standard
with a publicly disclosed Chemicals of Concern list. The list has over 500 chemicals,
identified as persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals, reproductive
toxicants, carcinogens, and endocrine disruptors.
The ANSI/BIFMA e3 2011 Furniture Sustainability Standard and its Chemicals of Concern
list (Annex B) can be purchased here.
The Living Building Challenge red list is in section 10 of their document.