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07/1961

Acrylic Paints Introduced

Steelcase begins to use acrylic paints on products, a first within the industry. A water-based paint, acrylic is more environmentally friendly than the oil-based paints previously used on our lines.

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Sustainability
1999

Awarded for Waste Reduction

Our plant in Tustin, California (pictured) is recognized by the Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP), an annual program sponsored by the California Integrated Waste Management Board. The Tustin facility's...

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Sustainability
2007

Cradle to Cradle Product Certifications Awarded

Pathways® Privacy Wall is the first ever certified movable wall system to receive Cradle to Cradle product certification. The Montage® freestanding system, Siento® and Move™ seating, 100 and 500 Series...

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Sustainability
2000

DesignTex® Technology Wins Awards

DesignTex®, a Steelcase Design Partnership® company, wins awards for Climatex Lifecycle “environmentally intelligent” fabrics, including one for best example of sustainable design in product design...

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Sustainability
1991

Details® “Wastebasket” Introduced

A fire-retardant wastebasket composed of 100% recycled content is developed by Details® and called "Wastebasket." It is made of high-impact polystyrene derived from post-consumer waste. The unique product...

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Sustainability
06/2010

EcoCradle Packaging

Steelcase begins using Ecovative Design's EcoCradle packaging, made with agricultural byproducts like seed hulls and mushroom roots, EcoCradle requires very little energy to produce and it provides the...

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Sustainability
2003

Eliminating VOC Emissions

Steelcase reaches a key environmental milestone by eliminating the emission of almost all volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from its metal finishing operations based in Michigan. This is the result of...

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Sustainability
2008

Energy Credits Purchased

Steelcase purchases renewable energy credits from the Wege Wind Farm in Texas. The Farm includes eight giant wind turbines that generate enough energy to power 2,925 homes for a year. Over five years we...

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Sustainability
1989

Environmental Excellence Award

The State of Michigan presents us with a Resource Stewardship Award for Environmental Excellence for being the first company in Michigan to restore a prairie ecosystem surrounding the Steelcase Corporate...

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Sustainability
1971

Fabric Cutting Technology Better for the Environment

A new fabric-cutting press is added, eliminating much of the hand-cutting for upholstery fabric.  This new technology helps speed production, offers greater uniformity and less waste.

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Sustainability
1991

First to Filter Effluent from Paint Tanks

Steelcase Strafor becomes the first company in Europe with a new unique system of filtration of effluent from the paint tanks.

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10/2001

First U.S. LEED-Certified Manufacturing Plant Opens

Our wood facility in Caledonia, MI  opens and becomes the world's first manufacturing plant to receive LEED Certification for Environmental Excellence by the U.S. Green Building Council. Silver certification...

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Sustainability
03/13/2014

Growing a renewable energy future

Steelcase is the first major company in the commercial furniture industry to purchase non-emitting renewable energy certificates (RECs) equivalent to 100% of its global electricity consumption.  Our...

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Sustainability
1976

Lighting Evaluation Laboratory Opens

The first Lighting Evaluation Laboratory is established by Steelcase in Grand Rapids to find ways to cut office energy costs.

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Sustainability
04/28/2011

NanoSphere Finish Added to Designtex® Finishes

After four years of development, DesignTex® is the first company in the U.S. contract market to add NanoSphere to its repertoire of textile finishes. NanoSphere features a natural self-cleaning benefit...

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Sustainability
1983

National Environmental Award

Our engineers pioneer a high solids paint process that earns the Company a National Environmental Industry Award for Excellence in Air Pollution Control, jointly from the President's Council on Environmental...

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Sustainability
2006

Pledge to Reduce Environmental Footprint

Steelcase pledges to reduce our global environmental footprint by 25% by 2012, which means keeping careful watch on greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, energy use and waste. Since the goal reset...

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04/2012

Steelcase Inc. Recognized For Sustainability Leadership In Michigan

Steelcase Inc. is recognized by two organizations for its sustainability efforts – Michigan Green Leader awards and Michigan’s 101 Best & Brightest Sustainable Companies.  

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2009

Steelcase Ranked Second for Efforts Against Climate Change

Steelcase is ranked as a top Michigan-based company in the home and office furnishings industry for combating climate change by Climate Counts, a New Hampshire-based non-profit organization dedicated to...

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2006

Steelcase UK Partners with Green-Works

Steelcase UK forms a partnership with Green-Works, a not-for-profit social enterprise which provides redundant office furniture for re-use by schools, charities and community organizations. By re-distributing...

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Sustainability

1955

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