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  • Environmentally Preferable Furniture Under NASPO ValuePoint Contract

  • September 2018

    Questions or comments? Reach out to Judy Levin at [email protected]

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    About this Guide

    The State of Minnesota, has partnered with the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and Clean Water Action-Minnesota to help furniture purchasers identify healthier furniture options provided by the six vendors awarded a contract with the NASPO/ValuePoint contract for Office Furniture (2018-2023).

    The State of Minnesota, in pursuit of sustainable procurement goals identified in Executive Order 17-12, has adopted a Participating Agreement that provides health protective restrictions on key chemicals of concern that have documented indoor air quality, environmental, and/or health concerns.

    The State of Minnesota has prioritized the purchase of furniture without the following key chemicals of concern. These products are considered Tier 1 products and can be purchased without special approval.

    • Formaldehyde and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emissions: Formaldehyde is an example of a harmful volatile organic compound (VOC). Formaldehyde is known to cause cancer and has also been found to cause breathing problems. VOC’s are linked to eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, and nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and the central nervous system; and other VOCs are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans. Formaldehyde is still often used in adhesives found in wood furniture.

    • Antimicrobials: Added antimicrobials have not been shown to reduce the spread of infection in furniture, can pose hazards to human health and the environment, and may contribute to antimicrobial resistance.

    • Flame retardant chemicals: Many flame retardants have been linked to cancer and other serious diseases, yet government studies show that these chemicals do not provide added fire safety benefits in office furniture. Flame retardants escape out of furniture and get into our air, dust, the outdoor environment and our bodies.

    • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC): PVC can release dioxin, a known carcinogen, during manufacturing, at disposal if incinerated, or if it catches fire during use. PVC exposure from consumer products, furniture, and other sources can result in exposure to PVC dust and associated phthalates, which cause adverse health effects including endocrine disruption and asthma.

    • Fluorinated Stain Resistant Chemicals: Some of the most well studied chemicals are linked to serious health problems including kidney and testicular cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, and obesity. Fluorinated chemicals can build up in our bodies and in the environment, where they can remain toxic without breaking down. Fluorinated chemicals have been found to migrate out of products and get into our air, dust, water and bodies.

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    Prefer Tier 1 products as described above. Special approval is needed for Tier 2 products, which are products that do not currently meet these health protecting criteria.

    Purchaser customization, modification and fabric choice can impact a product’s ability to meet the restrictions on the chemicals of concern. Therefore, purchasers are advised to work closely with their vendor to identify specific configurations and fabric choices that will meet the specifications. Proper fabric choice is essential to ensure a healthier product.

    In most cases, environmentally preferable furniture is cost-neutral or may provide a cost savings for the buyer.

    The product listings within the guide will be updated as new information becomes available.

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    Table of Contents

    Tier 1 Seating

    (for all MINNCOR Products see page 37)

    Allsteel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Haworth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Herman Miller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Steelcase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Tier 1 Desks & Tables Allsteel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    HON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Herman Miller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    KI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Steelcase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Tier 1 Systems & Accessories Allsteel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    HON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Herman Miller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Steelcase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Tier 1 Filing & Storage Allsteel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    HON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Herman Miller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    KI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Steelcase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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    Tier 1 Seating Fabrics Allsteel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Allsteel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Haworth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Herman Miller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    KI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Steelcase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    HON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Steelcase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Gunlocke. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    HBF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Tier 1 Panel Fabrics

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    Supplier Name of Product on Naspo Contract Clarification

    ALLSTEEL Allsteel #19 Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Access Seating - Mesh Back Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Access Seating - Upholstered Back Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Acuity Seating - Aluminum Base Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Acuity Seating - Plastic Base Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Clarity Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Gather Clubhouse Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Gather Linger Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Gather Mind-Share Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Gather Rise Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Gather Scooch Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Gather Take-5 Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Gather Vicinity Café Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Inspire Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Involve Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Lyric MultiPurpose Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Lyric Side Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Lyric Task Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Mimeo Seating - Black Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Mimeo Seating - Titanium Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Nimble Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Parallel Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Quip Task Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Relate Seating - Side Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Relate Seating - Task Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Scout Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Seek Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Sum Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Tolleson Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel Trooper Seating Must choose a Compliant Upholstery Fabric

    Allsteel/ Gunlocke Attract, Avoca, Bank of England, Calm, Calia, Camille, Ciji, Convo, Edition, Fitzgerald, Genesee, Iris, Lily, Mara, Metta, Molti, New Yorker, Olla, Roundabout,

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