Giving New Life to Old Office Furniture

Corporate Interiors' Renewed Environments refurbishes, rejuvenates, reconfigures and remanufactures old office furnitureFifteen years ago, Janice Leone (WBE), Principal of Corporate Interiors, became aware of the many tons of workstation components being dumped directly into landfills as businesses purchased new office furniture. Envisioning an alternative that extended the life of office furniture and kept functional material out of the waste stream, she was inspired to create Renewed Environments, a division of Corporate Interiors that combines remanufactured components of existing furniture with sustainable new components to provide eco-friendly, cost-effective office furniture. She lists the investment in this environmentally friendly initiative as one of her best business decisions.
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Furnishings Supplier Achieves Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Status

Adjustable height workstations at Glaxo Smith Kline's new office at the Philadelphia Navy YardBig players in the global workplace interior manufacturing game have the potential to create big waste. Not so for Haworth, a family-owned interior furnishings supplier known for a commitment to sustainability that has included a  goal of achieving zero-waste-to-landfill (ZWTL) status globally, meaning no byproducts from production processes would end up in a landfill. By 2009, Haworth had attained ZWTL in North America and Asia-Pacific, and by 2012, when the company’s Portuguese facilities successfully diverted all waste from landfill, they declared company-wide success.

Haworth also works with their manufacturers to test and improve the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Open Standard, a voluntary format for disclosing product content and related health concerns that are typically not reported even when a product, or a building, is certified "green." Haworth strives to use materials that contain zero chemicals on the HPD list of hazardous chemicals that would negatively affect a building’s environment or occupants.

“Haworth changed the way products are sourced so that only materials with non-harmful ingredients make the cut,” says Nicole Carville, Philadelphia-based Architecture and Design Market Manager at Haworth. “Hayworth... demanded product manufacturing transparency and sustainability, and changed design for the better.”

An example of Haworth’s product facilitation work can be seen at the new Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) office building (LEED Double Platinum) in the Navy Yard. Each GSK employee works at a custom height-adjustable bench desk, now the company’s global standard, designed by Francis Kauffman and facilitated by Haworth. Currently located at 1315 Walnut St. Suite 800, Haworth’s brand new Philadelphia showroom will open at 1700 Market Street in January.  


by Julianne Mesaric

At Mannington Mills, Sustainability Runs in the Family

Flooring product being recycled at Mannington's facility in New JerseyFlooring can make a huge impact on the design of a room. But the materials floors are made from - wood, tile, or vinyl – can impact the planet, as well, and often not in a good way. There can be a lot of toxic stuff in flooring materials, but Salem, New Jersey’s Mannington Mills, owned by the Campbell family for four generations, is proof that this doesn’t have to be the case.
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Back to the Future

Virtually indestructible, beautiful and sustainable to boot. In the world of building materials, that’s a powerful combination of traits, something you would expect from something cutting edge, like ...linoleum. Once considered passé and now marking its 150 anniversary, linoleum is finding new popularity as a natural flooring product made from the renewable materials like solidified linseed oil (linoxyn), pine rosin, ground cork dust, wood flour and minerals. The recipe has scarcely changed since its invention in 1863 by Sir Frederick Walton.

“Ingredients matter and sustainability is not an optional extra,” says Denise Waida-Scanish, a LEED Green Associate Account Executive at Forbo, the world leader in linoleum flooring, whose North American headquarters are in Hazelton. Forbo’s brands Marmoleum and Artoleum are known for ease of maintenance, hygienic properties, extreme durability, environmentally friendly properties and lowest life cycle costs. Waida-Scanish is a passionate advocate for the product that’s been made the same way for over a century, and she has been selling it to architects, designers, general contractors and flooring contractors for 19 years.

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GreenBuild Brings the World to Our Doorstep

Greenbuild Conference & Expo puts Philadelphia in the spotlight 

November 20 - 22 

Imagine starting your day with a breakfast where you are privy to some of the top minds in the sustainability industry. Afterwards, you head to a lecture by Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of the New York Times bestseller Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Then, full of inspiration, you explore an expo featuring the world’s leading green building and design products and services. Later that afternoon, you attend an educational session titled “Reinventing Philadelphia Through Green Infrastructure,” and are flooded with practical applications for the info you absorbed in earlier sessions. Finally, as the sun sets over the Philadelphia Convention Center, Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage to deliver a keynote speech.

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