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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
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
2001

Lean Manufacturing Efforts Begin

Steelcase begins lean manufacturing efforts in earnest. Based on the Toyota manufacturing model, the program has reduced our global footprint from approximately 17.4 million sq. ft. in fiscal year 2000...

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Company
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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Sustainability
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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Sustainability
2007

Steelcase Named Best Corporate Citizen

Steelcase is ranked No. 17 on CRO’s list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens, marking our first appearance on the list. The annual list recognizes best practices in the area of corporate responsibility and...

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Communities
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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Sustainability
2000

Steelcase University Learning Center Opens

The Steelcase University Learning Center opens. A former manufacturing site, the facility is a showcase for our products and insights about learning, collaboration and increasingly mobile work.

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Company
2004

Think® Chair Introduced

The Think® chair is launched at NeoCon in the U.S. and at Orgatec in Germany. Marketed as "a chair with a brain and a conscience," this 99% recyclable chair is developed by a project team made up of Steelcase...

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Products

1955

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