Haworth is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of sustainable products and workplace design. As we continue our sustainable journey, we are committed to reducing the impact that our manufacture and design process has on the environment.
We believe that our products should be safe for humans and the environment. That's why we are working diligently to identify and eliminate chemicals of concern in the materials we source. While we have identified more than 870 chemicals that we plan to eliminate from our products over the next 10 years, we have identified 56 chemicals that we plan to eliminate by 2018. These include, chemicals such as PVC, benzidene dyes, ozone depletors, hexavalent chromium, certain hazardous phthalates, and PBDE flame retardants. We are committed to achieving this goal and being transparent with our customers about our progress.
Once a Haworth product reaches the end of its desired life, we want to ensure that customers have options (e.g., recycling, resale, refurbishment, and donation) to prevent it from being discarded into a landfill. To encourage recycling, we have designed disassembly and recyclability instructions for many of our products on the individual product pages. Our products have been intentionally built using highly-recyclable metals and plastics including steel, aluminum, polypropylene, and nylon.
We encourage our customers to contact us regarding end-of-life options in their region so that we can help them make the world a better place for future generations.
BIFMA level® is a multi-attribute sustainability standard (ANSI/BIFMA e3) and third-party certification program for the furniture industry. It was created to deliver an open and transparent means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment.
Taking into account a company's social actions, energy usage, material selection as well as human and ecosystem health impacts, level addresses how a product is sustainable from multiple perspectives.
The GREENGUARD Certification Program gives assurance that products designed for use in office environments and other indoor spaces meet strict chemical emissions limits, which contribute to the creation of healthier interiors. Achieving GREENGUARD Certification gives credence to manufacturers' sustainability claims, backing them with empirical scientific data from an unbiased, third-party organization.