Many traditional office and school furniture products contain harmful chemicals in the adhesives, finishes, foams, fabrics and other materials that impacts indoor air quality.  They may also use a large amount of virgin resources, from wood to plastics. As the industry has matured, it is now easier to ask for and find greener alternatives that are comparable on performance, style, and price.  Many manufacturers of commercial and institutional furniture are actively competing on environmental and health attributes for their products. 

The Operational Services Division’s Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement (EPP) Program has worked with existing vendors to identify environmentally preferable “lines” of furniture on Statewide Contract OFF38: Office, School and Library Furniture, Accessories & Installation that have reduced indoor air quality emissions and toxicity:

 

Additional EPP Furniture Resources:

Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN)

RPN is an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing. 

Center for Environmental Health (CEH)

CEH is a national non-profit that works with communities, consumers, workers, government, and the private sector to support projects and policy advocating for less toxic and safer environments.

Healthier Hospitals: A Practice Greenhealth Program

Practice Greenhealth is a membership and networking organization for organizations in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, environmentally preferable practices.

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