At Stance Healthcare, all of our seating products are on the level. That’s right: all Stance seating is now level®-Certified to conform to the BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard.
That means an independent third-party consulting firm determined that Stance seating products are manufactured in an environmentally sustainable way and that the company is operated in a socially responsible manner. BIFMA calls level conformance a “hard-earned symbol of a company’s commitment to sustainability,” and earning that certification was tough. Think of the consulting firm as physiotherapists. For six months, they pushed us to stretch and bend and think in new directions.
We’ve always given careful consideration to the environmental impact of our business. Now, we’ve demonstrated that we meet an industry standard in three categories and four impact areas of furniture sustainability.
We analysed our seating products to identify factors affecting their impact on the natural environment, including component materials, longevity and recyclability.
We assessed our manufacturing facility and operational impacts to measure them against relevant criteria across the Four Impact Areas.
And we considered our corporate values and procedures to determine leadership in sustainable practices.
Four Impact Areas
We were called on to study the efficient use of materials, recycled content, rapidly renewable bio-based and climate neutral materials, water and waste management, packaging, and product life cycle impacts.
Energy and Atmosphere
We completed steps toward establishing an energy policy, energy and greenhouse gas audits, reducing energy impacts, renewable energy use and generation, product embodied energy, and greenhouse gas reporting.
Human and Ecosystem Health
We addressed the human and natural ecosystem health impacts of the chemical constituents used in furniture products, the production processes and the operations and maintenance of facilities.
We instituted management practises designed to avoid, detect or respond to threats to employee and community health and safety.
Finally, we emerged from the physio clinic for environmental sustainability, and the time, effort and expense required to earn level certification will benefit our customers and, most importantly, the natural environment.
Click here for more information about Stance Healthcare’s level®-Certified products.
Learn more about level® Certification at levelcertified.org.