Constructed of 37 percent recycled content and consisting of 98 recyclable materials, Think Chair is one of the smartest and most decorated green chairs on the market. And the rest of the furniture making industry has taken notice, as well the rest of the country. As the current political (and literal) climate heats up around debate over global warming, environmentalism, conservation, and sustainability, it's a relief to know that some furniture manufacturers and retailers, like Steelcase and Smart Furniture, are actually stepping up to plate with solutions to some of these problems.
For it's far-reaching and admirable commitment to sustainability, Steelcase and the Think Chair have been featured in articles from the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Metropolitan Magazine and Grist Magazine. Steelcase Think has the ear of the market, and of the press, when it comes to better environmental practices and sustainability. It can be disassembled for recycling in five minutes or less.
This doesn't seem like a big deal, but research has shown that when you lower the degree of difficulty on recycling (for instance, making it easy to disassemble a chair and recycle it in individual parts or as an easier to carry whole) people are much more likely to actually do it, no matter how convicted they are that recycling is the right thing to do. Think Chair was the first chair ever to receive MBDC Cradle to Cradle gold level certification as an environmentally responsible product. That means each element of each material used in the Think Chair has been rigorously tested for harmful elements, and had the least amount possible. MBDC tests the materials in office chairs and other products down to a chemical level, assuring the users (and their employers, colleagues and neighbors) that their chair is safe for the air, for themselves, and for everyone. That Steelcase would go to such lengths and publish the results shows their absolute confidence in the chair. Beyond that, it means Steelcase cares enough to put forth the facts of their commitment to a candid world.
Think Chair is a certified level 3 product, the highest BIFMA e3 standard possible. It also holds SCS Indoor Advantage Gold Certification for indoor air quality. It may seem insignificant, but many chairs, especially those composed with foam and plastic, can release harmful elements into the air, disrupting the environment and ruining the quality of your air. The Think is also on a quest to help you or your business get the lowest possible LEED score--it can go toward LEED credits. In France, Think Chair carries the NF Environmental Label for environmental quality.
The Steelcase Think is such a smart, green, forward-thinking product that when Heifer International, a world-renowned international hunger relief agency committed to improving life abroad and the environment at home, needed new headquarters, the Think Chair was their first choice. Ordered for every worker, the chair embodied what Heifer International was all about: progressive thinking and environmentally sound, sustainable energy choices.