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Earth Day: People, Planet and Product

When it comes to looking after the planet, it’s not something we take seriously only on Earth Day.  It’s an ongoing commitment.

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For this reason, we are very proud to be associated with our major vendor, Allsteel who has a reputation for embracing sustainability in all aspects of their business.  The way Brandon Sieben, President of Allsteel Inc. puts it is, A vision of true sustainability ties together social equity, environmental quality, and economic development – what we prefer to call people, planet, and profit.”  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Allsteel Aware

When you’re in the office furniture industry, looking after the planet by choosing product that’s manufactured sustainably is important.  It’s not just about using materials that won’t negatively impact the planet and the built environment, it’s about eliminating waste, re-purposing furniture that has outlived its usefulness and practicing social responsibility.

Allsteel uses a process called LCA, Life Cycle Assessment, to evaluate the entire life cycle of every single product they produce.  It’s a detailed analysis of the impact that product has on the environment over the course of its lifespan.  It takes everything into account, right from from raw material extraction; material processing; material transportation; product assembly; packaging; distribution; use; to end-of-life disposal.

They also provide Environmental Product Declarations (EPD).  These were created to provide an understandable report of how a product impacts natural resources, the environment, and the atmosphere. Allsteel’s EPDs are third-party verified, product specific, and can contribute to the LEED V4 credit for Materials and Resources: Building Product Disclosure & Optimization, Environmental Product Declarations, Option 1.

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Besides this, Allsteel keeps a close eye on their energy use covers everything from energy used in the manufacture of products, transportation and extraction of raw materials to how much energy is consumed by employee transportation.  Allsteel utilizes the Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council on Sustainability Development (WBCSD) to guide the inventory of our greenhouse gas emissions.

They also invest in renewable energy wherever possible. Allsteel introduced solar energy to our small Iowa town in 2004, added a solar array to the factory roof in 2010, doubled it in 2011, and continues to evaluate further expansion.

We think it fair to say that Allsteel has taken their philosophy of sustainability to levels that allow our customers to choose their product with complete peace of mind knowing that, not only are ergonomics a priority, but also the environment.

 

 

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