Office Furniture Companies Vie For “Greenest” Reputation

54 PlanetA perusal of some of the top office furniture companies in the U.S. reveals a definite trend toward more sustainable practices. What’s even more evident is that these manufacturers want consumers to know about these changes. Business owners have higher expectations than ever when it comes to sourcing “green” office furniture. Industry leaders like Herman Miller, Steelcase, and Haworth are responding with informational campaigns of impressive scope.

Sustainability is no longer relegated to a couple of paragraphs in the “about us” section of corporate websites. Now, you can find annual reports, press releases, and more detailing the latest milestones in waste reduction and other environmentally responsible business practices.

Herman Miller

The HM Environmental Advocacy section uses multi-media to engage potential customers with stunning visuals and fun videos. One clip talks about the company’s “Zero is Hero” initiative. Another tells the story behind why guests to their GreenHouse manufacturing facility in Michigan receive a bottle of fresh honey as a memento.

Herman Miller’s “Better World Report” takes you through 45 pages of data on their progress toward a greener future. Like many office furniture companies, HM provides detailed information on LEED points and Cradle to Cradle certification for its product line.


54 windfarmSteelcase offers a wealth of information on its business practices under headings such as “people”, “products”, and “planet”. They even have a section on sustainability and social responsibility as it pertains to “profits”. This multi-faceted approach puts the focus on the human community as well as the larger global environment. Steelcase makes a point of reusing products by matching second hand furniture with recipients in need through their Environmental Partnership Program.


Haworth’s sustainability section takes visitors through 7 aspects of their business model where continual improvements are taking place. Product and Workspace Design, Energy Management, and Green Transportation are just a few of the areas where Haworth strives to make a difference. Like Herman Miller, this company is also pursuing aggressive zero waste and emissions goals.

These are just a few of the office furniture companies that are becoming more eco-friendly every year. So, rest assured that your next workplace upgrade can be a green one.


13 Responses to “Office Furniture Companies Vie For “Greenest” Reputation”

  1. Luke Rumley says:

    Thanks for the write-up and kind words. We want this to be part of the fabric of who we are, not just words on the website, like you said. -Luke, a Steelcase Employee

    • Daisy says:

      Your welcome, Luke. I like to keep an eye on what the office furniture manufacturing industry is doing to be more socially and environmentally responsible. Steelcase has always impressed me as being one of the thought leaders in this field.

  2. Joi says:

    Thanks for the info! I’ve always wondered which were leading the way. I’ll share the link with my readers on Office Freaks.

    • Daisy says:

      Thanks for the linkback, Joi! The whole move toward greater social responsibility in the industry is a topic I find fascinating. There are lots of companies that just pay lip service to the concept of being environmentally friendly as a sop to shareholders and the public. The 3 office furniture companies I featured really seem to be going green for the right reasons. They are also saving money with many of their innovative processes, so this is an area where other manufacturers will definitely be imitating them.

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  4. jessimen says:

    Many businesses also keep on changing locations, renovating, increasing or expanding the work space. This is another reason why up to date office furniture is needed so it can easily be transported and relocated to any new location.

    • Daisy says:

      That’s something I hadn’t thought about in relation to this post. The transportability of modular office furniture does make it more green in the sense that it can be “reused” by the same company no matter where they move. Good point!

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  6. I found your website through Google searching for “eco-friendly”, I really like it!

  7. Thank you. My husband and i truly appreciate reading any posts that discuss about home deco and furnuture , different brand suggestions. We just bought a new house will be doing major renovation and your blog inspire us.

    • Daisy says:

      I’m glad to hear you found this post helpful. Plenty of furniture manufacturers in the residential market are offering more environmentally responsible choices too, so going green at home is easier than ever now.

  8. Ricky Price says:

    Thanks for the post and the information you allotted to me and to the people that will read this. I think it’s better if we will start to take actions now towards our planet’s ongoing battle with pollution. Thanks.

    • Daisy says:

      Thanks, Ricky. There is no time like the present to start making more eco-responsible purchasing choices. Buying new from sustainable manufacturers is great, but purchasing refurbished or gently used furnishings is generally even “greener” – plus it’s more cost effective.

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